Yates & Jackson – former Farmer’s Arms pub, Lancaster

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”

A Lancaster Ephemera: new publication

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”

Spiritualist Church, Lancaster

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”

Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh

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

St Helen’s Church, Bishopgate, London

  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”