Sign on the road bridge over the rail line at Blackheath, indicating weight restrictions for traffic (1903) Location Blackheath, London, UK
A lovely Modernist sans serif on a the former Mayfair Cinema on Brick Lane, London. Location: Brick Lane, London, UK
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.
These letters – broad, white serifs on grey-blue ceramic – are found on the frontage of a block of flats on Dury Lane. Presumably they refer to Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1851-1816), Irish playwright and owner of the nearby Theatre Royal, who was also a member of Parliament. The buildings were constructed around 1900 by London CountyContinue reading “Sheridan Buildings, Dury Lane, London.”
One of my favourite examples of architectural lettering found in London: a beautifully designed and constructed example of letterforms that are influenced by Art Nouveau, with their expressive curling elements. This wonderful ceramic plaque is located on the former Grosvenor Works of J. Bolding & Sons, who, as the lettering reveals, manufactured a range of metalContinue reading “J. Bolding, Grosvenor Works, London”
One of many examples of the lovely street lettering found around Hampstead. These white letters on black ceramic tiles are simple and elegant. I have no information on their date or construction or details of who commissioned or designed them, but I would be delighted if anyone could provide information, Location: Elm Row, Hampstead, London.
Theses slight serif letters with their hint of Art Deco styling are found on the facade of the London Homoeopathic Hospital, London. Established in 1849, it moved to its current location in Great Ormond Street in 1859. Joining the NHS in 1948, it now the hospital was renamed the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine in September 2010. Location: GreatContinue reading “Homoeopathic Hospital, London.”
These glorious serif letterforms are from the former booking office of St Pancras Station, London. The station was built to a design by William Henry Barlow (1812-1902) in 1868 for the Midland Railway Company Location: St Pancras Station Railway Station, Kings Cross Street, London.
Set in a stone frieze of this late 19th century building, these serif letters have unusual bifurcated terminals. They give the name of Lavers and Barraud a company producing stained glass windows from 1855 until 1921. They were part of the Gothic Revival movement that influenced the architecture of English church and commercial buildings in the 19thContinue reading “Lavers and Barraud, London”