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”

Walmsley and Welch, Lancaster

This is probably my favourite example of memorial lettering in Lancaster: if only because of the beauty of the lettering. They are superbly rended in a wonderfully elegant serif . The large sandstone slab on which the lettering sits, is to be found set in the floor just outside the entrance to the Trinity United Reform ChurchContinue reading “Walmsley and Welch, Lancaster”

Gravestone, St. Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

A remarkable example of letter cutting from a gravestone found at St. Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. I’ve never come across anything like this before, from this, or I think, any other period for the memorial writing on a gravestone. The three dimensional effect seen on the letters of this mid-1800s memorial are very unusualContinue reading “Gravestone, St. Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria”

Hanging Bridge Chambers, Manchester

  This plaque is found above the entrance to this building of 1881. The building was constructed on the site of a medieval bridge that spanned a ditch (possibly Roman in origin) carrying a stream that connected the Rivers Irk and Irwell. It is believed that the ditch was originally built by the Romans as part of aContinue reading “Hanging Bridge Chambers, Manchester”

Old Dispensary, Castle Hill, Lancaster

Set within an ornate frame, this badly degraded inscription (ILC 1845) is found on the frontage of this elegant building, and refers to former occupiers, John (1784-1851) and Celia Leach (1787-1851). The building was originally a dispensary (established by public subscription 1785) that administered basic medical care to the town’s poor until 1832. It’s been suggested that the frameContinue reading “Old Dispensary, Castle Hill, Lancaster”

Artisan’s cottage, Castle Hill, Lancaster

This early example of lettering is set above the doorway to a cottage on Castle Hill Lancaster. Dated 1739, the inscription refers to Richard (1682-1763) and Anne (nee Dickson, -1785.) Thomas. I highly recommend Emmeline Garnett’s excellent publication The Dated Buildings of South Lonsdale. (2007, The Centre for North-West Regional Studies, Lancaster University), from which has recordedContinue reading “Artisan’s cottage, Castle Hill, Lancaster”

Hillhead School, Glasgow

This imposing building once housed Hillhead Primary School. The beautifully cut serif lettering (Govan Parish School Board) is set on the lintel of the entrance way, with the  capitals of the large square pillars being in the form of carved heads. Constructed of red sandstone, this large, five-storey building was built in 1844 in a Neo-classical style.Continue reading “Hillhead School, Glasgow”

House, 1720, Castle Hill, Lancaster

This dedication is cut into a plaque on the frontage of large Georgian house on Castle Hill. The inscription (B.W.M. 1720) refers to William Birdsworth (-1736), Governor of Lancaster Castle (*). (*) See Emmeline Garnett’s The Dated Buildings of South Lonsdale. (2007, The Centre for North-West Regional Studies, Lancaster University). Location: Castle Hill, Lancaster, UK.