Location: George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
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.
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.
More Lancaster ‘ghost lettering’, this time from Georgian warehouses on Castle Hill. All but one seem to relate to the selling/storage of liquors and spirits. The other is for the Lancaster Rubber Co. – does anyone know anything about this company? Location: Castle Hill, Lancaster, UK.
W. & J. Pye were suppliers of animal feed and other agricultural products. As well the offices on St. George’s Quay where this example is found, they also had a warehouse on Fleet Square (See the post on J. Bibby & Sons: http://acityofletters.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/j-bibby-sons/) with some adjoining wooden buildings that were demolished some years ago. The lettersContinue reading “W.& J. Pye: Ghost Lettering, Lancaster”
I’ve always been intrigued by this sign. Each time I walked down the narrow passage from Sun Square on to Market Street, I’d look up at this and try and work out what it said: NO…HORSE…ARROW… hmmm. If anyone has a much earlier photograph that might reveal what it says, or has more information about the origins ofContinue reading “No Horse Arrow, Lancaster”
I particularly like ‘ghost’ letters; faded, almost lost examples of architectural lettering. Usually they are advertisement that are found painted on building facades. These ones are from St. George’s Quay, Lancaster, and are found on the Georgian warehouses that line the quayside. Some are commercial and two are old street names. The Princess Street example is unusualContinue reading “St. George’s Quay: Ghost Lettering, Lancaster”
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 theContinue reading “St. Simon’s Arcade, Lancaster”
These so called examples of ‘ghost’ lettering are becoming increasingly rare as new developments and demolition removes these nineteenth and early twentieth century advertisement. The remaining ones are usual like this one found in Cockermouth in Cumbria, high up on gable walls were access is more difficult. Hard not to love this fearless advert.Continue reading “Fletchers Fearless Clothing, Cockermouth”
This ‘ghost’ letter B is a remnant of the name original found above the entrance to Lancaster’s former public baths and washhouse. The building, constructed in design that featured Tudor, Elizabethan and Italian features. was completed in 1863 as a result of a donation provided by Samuel Gregson, Mayor of Lancaster. It was superceded by the buildingContinue reading “Former Baths, Lancaster”