A seldom noticed example of lettering from the city of Lancaster. This stained glass window in found in theback stairwell of a pub (formally the Farmer’s Arms and now called the Penny Street Bridge) on the corner of King Street and Aldcliffe Rd. The motif is of the firm, Yates and Jackson, who were one ofContinue reading “Yates & Jackson – former Farmer’s Arms pub, Lancaster”
My growing obsession with lettering and printed ephemera of all kinds, developed into an attempt to do some justice to the wonderful items that I was encountering – the result, after two years of research, is my latest publication: A Lancaster Ephemera: Printed Relics from a City of Letters considers the often forgotten histories of the cityContinue reading “A Lancaster Ephemera: new publication”
Lancaster Spiritualist Church on St. Bulk Road – Britten Hall (named after Emma Hardinge Britten, 1823-99). In 2007-2008, it was ear-marked for demolition as part of the ‘Centros’ development of the area, but the plans were shelved as a result of a public enquiry into the proposals. The stone-cut lettering has very fine serifs. Location: Bulk Road, Lancaster,Continue reading “Spiritualist Church, Lancaster”
I’ve passed this spot every a dozen times on every trip to Edinburgh and never spotted it. I never cease to love ghost lettering. I’m not entirely sure if this reds CALES, or if there are additional letters missing. Location: Victoria Street – off Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Found below the window of a shop – Bell’s Diner, on the north side of the city. I’m yet to discover what the B & A originally stood for. The style of lettering suggests early 1900s. Location: St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
This recently relocated independent bookshop is a joy for anyone who likes books with a difference. It stocks a range of unusually and generally beautiful items as well as an excellent children’s section. The care taken with the shop lettering is reflected in the presentation of the books inside. Location: St. Stephens St, Edinburgh, Scotland
This example was found in the doorway of a shop on George IV Bridge. I love the palimpsest effect of the overwritten signage – a history of this place and the organisations that occupied the building over time in layered lettering.
I came across this doorway to the church of St Helen’s in Great St Helen’s, a winding lane off Bishopsgate while wandering through the City of London a few weeks ago. It’s tucked off the main road and sits between modern office blocks (The Gerkin) and the usual deadzone of closed fast food shops thatContinue reading “St Helen’s Church, Bishopgate, London”
A recent trip to London and a stroll around Brick Lane/Spitalfields Market area, revealed these interesting lettering examples.
This example is found above a door of a warehouse on Dye House Lane, Lancaster. The lettering is so faded that it’s very hard to make out the details, although the words MEAL &, in a serif seems visible. Location: Dye House Lane, Lancaster, UK.