Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh

This recently relocated independent bookshop is a joy for anyone who likes books with a difference. It stocks a range of unusually and generally beautiful items as well as an excellent children’s section.  The care taken with the shop lettering is reflected in the presentation of the books inside. Location: St. Stephens St, Edinburgh, Scotland

John Rylands Library, Manchester

  These unusual and beautiful cut letters are found on the outer wall of the John Rylands Library in Manchester. Designed by Basil Champneys (1842-1935), the library was commission by Enriqueta Rylands (1843-1908)in 1899 in memory of her late husband, the textile manufacture  and philanthropists, John Rylands (1801-1888). In 1972 the library merged with that of theContinue reading “John Rylands Library, Manchester”

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”

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.