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.

Co-op

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Militia Barracks, Lancaster

Barracks

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 1854 in a Scottish  baronial style, and housed the First Royal Lancashire Militia. It was later used as armoury and then incorporated into Storey Bros. nearby, White Cross mill. It was converted to offices in the early 1980s.

Location: South Rd, Lancaster, UK

Yates & Jackson – former Farmer’s Arms pub, Lancaster

Yates & Jackson

Yates & Jackson

A seldom noticed example of lettering from the city of Lancaster. This stained glass window in found in theback stairwell of a pub (formally the Farmer’s Arms and now called the Penny Street Bridge) on the corner of King Street and Aldcliffe Rd. The motif is of the firm, Yates and Jackson, who were one of the town’s earliest brewers. I think it may be the last remaining example of their name/initials to be found in the city.

Location: Lancaster, UK

Spiritualist Church, Lancaster

Lancaster Spiritualist Church

Lancaster Spiritualist Church on St. Bulk Road – Britten Hall (named after Emma Hardinge Britten, 1823-99). In 2007-2008, it was ear-marked for demolition as part of the ‘Centros’ development of the area, but the plans were shelved as a result of a public enquiry into the proposals. The stone-cut lettering has very fine serifs.

Location: Bulk Road, Lancaster, UK