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”

Sheridan Buildings, Dury Lane, London.

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.”

J. Bolding, Grosvenor Works, 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”

Elm Row, Hampstead, 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.

Homoeopathic Hospital, 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.”

Booking Office, St Pancras Railway Station, 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.

Lavers and Barraud, 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”