Located in the Scottish borders, Moffat is a place I have visited many times, all-be-it, in the past via the excellent Moffat Toffee Shop in order to stock up on their incredible range of fudge before heading off to do winter walking in the Highlands. I told myself that it was an essential survival element should I fall down a crevice – probably as a result of the weight of the bags of fudge sitting in my rucksack! I now take on more gentler strolling – usually to the pub or cafe – and fudge is sadly no longer a necessity, if not discouraged by most reputable medical advice for men in their middling years. Still, it was nice to revisit and spend some time there – a very friendly place. We also, for the first time, took the A701 towards Edinburgh. The scenic route it’s called – scenic doesn’t do it justice – probably one of the most beautiful stretches of roads in the country. Even if you’re not heading to Edinburgh it’s worth a detour just to experience it. The town of Biggar on the way has an excellent independent bookshop, as does Moffat.
On the lettering front, the example from 1932 is intriguing. The letters HSA (plus an ampersand &) are shown alongside the dates on a thoroughly modernist building. Does anyone know what the initials stand for and in what order?
Location: Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland