Saturday, 20 May 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017

Sporting sign

Fantastic smart sign in Southwark, London - you don't mess with this one. The original Ring Boxing Club was housed in a former chapel. It had 12 sides, and no 90 degree angles - the architect said that meant there was no corner for the Devil to hide in. The building was sadly a victim of the blitz - the Ring today is close to the original site. There's a great history section on their website.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Wild thing

Here's a pretty tiled entrance sign in Stockport's lovely old market place. I believe Wild was a shoe shop - the building is now part of the excellent Stockport Story museum. It's in an interesting part of town: the beautiful Victorian covered market has a great vintage fair once a month. The atmospheric Staircase House museum is next door. And once you've done all that you can treat yourself to a fantastic Art Deco afternoon tea in the Plaza. All this just seven miles out of Manchester. If you're coming from that direction, why not treat yourself to a trip on the fabled 192 bus route too?

Friday, 14 April 2017

Wave hello

Jolly street sign spotted in Rochdale - waving a welcome to passersby.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Train of thought

The sign of British Rail still stands proud on Liverpool's Lime Street station. The logo of the now sadly privatised railway company is looking good in the Liverpool sunshine. 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Blessed be the music makers

Sign at Albert Hall in Manchester. A former Wesleyan chapel, built in 1910, it has also had a career as a dubious nightclub. It is now an impressive music venue, retaining some pretty stained glass, nice tiles and crumbling plasterwork.

Monday, 20 March 2017

A spring in your step

Spring thoughts from a sign in the garden of the Elizabeth Gaskell House in Manchester. Well worth a visit - great guides, fascinating history and extremely good cake.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The caretaker or the bank?

On the whole, I think I'd rather see the caretaker. Great doorbells from the past, spotted in Liverpool's trendy Bold Street.

Have a coffee and get over it

Made me smile. Nook, our local coffee bar, is getting the edge with its signs.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

This beautiful mosaic sign is at the entrance to Oriel Close in the lovely Oriel building in Liverpool's Water Street. The building is much-admired, designed by Peter Ellis and built in 1864. With a cast iron frame, its grid of oriel windows is its defining feature. It wasn't loved by all, however. In 1866, The Builder magazine described it as "a vast abortion" and "ludicrous", declaring that "the plainest brick warehouse in town is infinitely superior". Liverpool certainly has some handsome warehouses, but I'm glad the Oriel and this little mosaic have survived to cheer passers-by.