Ghost sign histories and mysteries.
New Brands on Holborn’s Gillette Palimpsest
New brands on Holborn’s Gillette palimpsest revealed during building works next door.
The Theft of L. Lambert, Timber Merchant
Report of the Theft of the enamel L. Lambert, Timber Merchant sign on Hoxton Street, North London.
The Donovan Bros Sign at 46 Crispin Street
The Donovan Bros sign at 46 Crispin Street has a fascinating story to tell, and here’s more about proprietor Patrick Donovan and signwriter Alfred Keil.
Unpeeling Layers of Late-Victorian Signwriting
Three layers of late-Victorian signwriting in palimpsest are identified on this South London ghost sign, found on Anerley Road.
The Cycle of Life in Warmley, Bristol
Cliff Headford’s ghost sign for Raleigh and Humber Cycles on the former Webb’s of Warmley bike shop in Bristol receives a fresh lick of paint in redevelopment.
Missing in Action: Barlow & Roberts
Missing in Action: Barlow & Roberts, Southwark Street. The story of this ghost signs, its former location, and apparent loss in 2021.