Co-operative Society – Argyle St., Lancaster, 1898

The Lancaster & Skerton Equitable Industrial Co-operative Society, Argyle St., Lancaster. One of a number of varied signs on the frontage of these small Co-op stores in Lancaster. This example is set in relief.

Militia Barracks, Lancaster

The keystone to the front doorway of the Militia Barracks shows the date of construction, along with the Lancashire Rose motif and a crown. The letters are of an unusual design: a slight, spidery, script-like form that seems out of character with the robust scale of the building. The Barracks, located on South Road, was designed by Edmund Sharpe in 1854Continue reading “Militia Barracks, Lancaster”

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”

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”

Castle Hill: Ghost Lettering, Lancaster

  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: Ghost Lettering, Lancaster

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”

No Horse Arrow, 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”