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”

Mynshull’s House, Manchester

  These guilded letters in relief are set on the frontage of Minshull’s House, a building constructed in 1890 of red sandstone in a Jacobean style.. Built in 1890 William Ball and Thomas Brookes Elce, it includes a series of ornate terracotta moulding, one of which sits below the upper set of lettering giving the name of the building. A large cartouche, setContinue reading “Mynshull’s House, Manchester”


One of my favourite examples of environmental lettering found in Lancaster. These large stone letters were designed and cut by local sculpture Alan Ward as part of the celebrations leading up to the millennium. I love the way the river periodically washes over them, leaving bits of detritus scattered across and around them. It’s an interestingContinue reading “Lune”

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”

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.

Laurence Binyon Memorial, Lancaster

This modest memorial plaque is found on the wall of a Georgian townhouse located at No.1 High Street, Lancaster. It commemorates the poet, dramatist and academic Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) who was born here. Binyon is most often known for his poem For the Fallen, which includes the lines: They shall grow not old, as we thatContinue reading “Laurence Binyon Memorial, Lancaster”

Thomas Edmondson, Lancaster

This stone plaque with metal inset lettering commemorates the birth place of one of Lancaster’s more famous sons. Thomas Edmondson was the inventor the the Edmondson railway ticket, a system for recording the payment of railway fares and of issuing tickets that replaced the laborious process of hand-wriiten tickets. Edmondson, who originally trained as a cabinet maker, became aContinue reading “Thomas Edmondson, Lancaster”