Sunday, 23 March 2014

Ghost signs of Loughborough, part 2

Last week's post on ghost signs in Loughborough proved to be a bit popular, but I can't help but think that people might have been looking for ghost stories from the area! Anyway, I've been out and about a bit this week and captured some more ghost signs for you to see.

Ghost signs are painted signs, usually advertising signs, on the side of buildings, that are not maintained, or not representative of the business that now takes place in the building. As such, some of the pictures below are not actually classed as ghost signs, but are either carved into the buildings or are reliefs, that represent the building's previous - or in the case of the Town Hall and the library the current - use. The Putts sign is, of course, not a ghost sign, because it is maintained and the business operated from the premises is still Putts the Decorators, as is the sign on the side of the Three Nuns pub, and that on the Royal Oak. The first two ghost signs below are not from Loughborough, but are very good examples of the art of ghost signs that I have seen very recently.

Someone suggested that there might be some remnants of a sign for the pub in George Yard, but I could find no evidence of this.

Ghost sign on a building in Swadlincote

Ghost sign on a restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon

Putts on Nottingham Road
The Three Nuns on the right of the picture

The Royal Oak on Leicester Road

Corner of George Street and Storer Road

Stag and Pheasant Nottingham Road from the other side!

Former shop on Wharncliffe Road

Houses on the end of Gregory Street with ghost sign top right

Close up of the Gregory Street painted street sign

Not really ghost signs, but evidence of Cottons!! 

More evidence of Cottons!

Above the first floor window is the ghost of the Leicester Mercury!

The Black Lion, lately the Hobgoblin

The Old Pack Horse, now the Organ Grinder

The Blacksmith's Arms

The former offices of the Loughborough Echo on Swan Street

The Town Hall, formerly the Corn Exchange

Great Central Station Hotel, now flats and a day nursery

Messrs Garton The Mart! Originally the Temperance Hall

Close up of Messrs Garton The Mart!

William Corah's on Aumbry Gap etched in the green stone, left of the hardboard!

The L and the I of William Corah's on Aumbry Gap

The Carnegie Library

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