I was wandering through town a few weeks ago and spotted this lettering, revealed by the work taking place on the woodwork above this passageway (St. Simon’s Arcade) off Market street. Only a part of the lettering is legible but what looks like the word ‘Stables’ can be made out. I’ve seen this woodwork on photos from the late 1800s, so I know its been in situ for a while. Those letters must either predate it, or its simply waste wood that’s been reused for building the canopy.
A much earlier photo of the arcade can be found on Graham Hibbert’s excellent Flickr photogstream at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamhibbert/6001888443/
Location: St. Simon’s Arcade, Lancaster UK