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”

J. Atkinson & Co., Lancaster: Shop Frontage

As the details on the previous post about J. Atkinson & Co. shows, this iconic Lancaster company has ben trading in the city since 1837. With a wealth of historical details found in their shops and cafes, and the current owners desire to combine the best of the history they inherited together with a modern take onContinue reading “J. Atkinson & Co., Lancaster: Shop Frontage”

Nag’s Head, Lancaster

  This plaque with the initials W. B. and the date of 1898, also has this beautifully constructed frieze. It sits on the topmost storey of the former Nag’s Head pub on Church Street. Research has so far failed to reveal who W. B. was; if anyone has any information I’d be interested to know. Location: ChurchContinue reading “Nag’s Head, Lancaster”

Walker’s Court, Preston

  Like the Caxton bust from the previous post, this example is also from Preston, Lancashire, and found on the nearby Friargate. It marks the entrance to one of a number of former ‘courts’ that led off from Friargate ‘street’. The narrow passageway led to courtyard with houses in which large numbers of people lived atContinue reading “Walker’s Court, Preston”

William Caxton, Preston

  This usual figurehead is found on the side of a building on Marsh Lane, Preston, Lancashire. I have often wondered what it is and after a little digging online, discovered that someone has apparently solved the mystery. It appears that this is a bust of the printer William Caxton (1415-1492) and was added to the buildingContinue reading “William Caxton, Preston”

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”