Ghost sIGNS

When I left school, I wanted to be a ‘Sign Writer’ - a person who paints commercial signs and advertisements on storefront facia boards, glass windows and prominent walls and at one time you would see them everywhere. However, although we are experiencing something of a revival in ‘traditional signwriting’ at the moment, sadly they have been replaced with printed materials and the British High Street looks the worse for it.

When I first moved to London (in the 1990’s) I lived in Cheshire Street, just off the Brick Lane and back then most of the houses, shops and officers were all boarded up, their was no street lighting and if I walked home from Liverpool Street Station, then I always felt slightly uncomfortable.

However on the flip side most of the buildings still had their facia boards intact and I kept thinking to myself, I must get my camera out and take some photos of them. But I never did and now they are gone forever. So to make amends, whenever I see a ‘Ghost Sign’ (the faded remains of hand painted advertising), then I take a quick shot of it with my iPhone and the rest as they say is History.

64a Mitcham Road, Tooting
96 Uxbridge Road, Ealing
1-21 Sangora Road, Battersea
Crispin Street, Spitalfields
20 York Rise, Highgate
56b Chetwynd Road, Highgate
47a Chesterton Road, Westbourne Park
119 Kew Road, Richmond
986 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield
Tooting High Street
North End Road, West Brompton
46 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush
Earls Court Road
Toynbee Street, Tower Hamlets
Toynbee Street, Tower Hamlets
Toynbee Street, Tower Hamlets
Bell Lane, Tower Hamlets
Wentworth Street, Tower Hamlets
Wentworth Street, Tower Hamlets
Cobb Street E1
Cobb Street E1
Brushfield Street
Brushfield Street
Commercial Road, Spittlefields
25 Acton Lane, Chiswick
Wilkes Street
Fouriner Street, Spittalfields
Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick
Duke's Avenue, Chiswick
Annandale Road, Chiswick
Kew Road, Richmond
Newens, The Original Maids of Honour, Kew Road
Birbeck Road, Acton
Great Western Road

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