10 Feb 2024
A Curious Palimpsest: Foster Ltd in Bristol
In 2021/22, a billboard and fence came down on Hartcliffe Way in Bristol to reveal a ghost sign for Foster Ltd. Running vertically through the the middle of the wall is a thin vertical sliver where the Foster sign has been eroded, revealing fragments of an older sign.
The effect appears to have been caused by the removal of a drainpipe, or perhaps water running directly down this portion of the wall. This has resulted in a curious palimpsest, unlike any that I’ve noticed before.
I’ve not found any information about the Foster business itself, but the sign looks relatively modern. There is also a missing word on the final line—short, and beginning with an A—that I haven’t been able to make a good guess at… [Update: Karen Fletcher has suggested ‘Any’ which is a good fit and agrees with what’s visible on Streetview.]
Paving Slabs, Walling Stone
Sand, Chippings & Cement
Concrete & Breeze Blocks Etc
Any Quality Delivered
Hartcliffe Way, Bristol [Streetview, 2023]