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
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
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
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 that is the City on a Saturday. There is a really interesting page on the British Museum site that compares the current site to images taken in the late 1800s, to show how much the area has changed. More here: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/pointsofview/2010/03/london-1870s-and-now-18-great-st-helens-bishopsgate.html Location: Great St Helen’s, Bishopgate, UK.
This example is found above a door of a warehouse on Dye House Lane, Lancaster.
The lettering is so faded that it’s very hard to make out the details, although the words MEAL &, in a serif seems visible.
Location: Dye House Lane, Lancaster, UK.
This large sign is on the side of the Old Pier Bookshop, Morecambe. A wonderful place. After a while, the apparent chaos of books seemingly piled up with no design, gives way to order, and all sorts of gems can be found.
Location: Clarence Street, Morecambe, UK.