Derelict London - Signs and Murals
Here's a collection of ghostsigns, decaying streetsigns or just quirky signs or notices that I have come across on my travels.
Forest Hill Beers Sign - Brixton, SW4
I spotted this rare tiled brewery advertisement when cutting through the back streets of Brixton last summer & actually got round to taking this pic a couple of weeks ago when visiting someone in Tintern Street.
The Forest Hill Brewery (located in Perry Vale, SE23) started in Victorian times and closed in the 1920s after being taken over by Whitbread and brewing operations moved north of the river. This sign was covered over for many years and restored 5 years ago when discovered by the owner of the hair salon next door.
POPLAR - LONDON DOCKLANDS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (LDDC) SIGN
The London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) was a quango agency set up by the UK Government in 1981 to regenerate the Docklands area of London. It was responsible for regenerating an area of 8.5 square miles in the London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Southwark.
LDDC helped to create Canary Wharf, Surrey Quays shopping centre, London City Airport, ExCeL Exhibition Centre and the Docklands Light Railway. It withdrew from Bermondsey in 1994, followed by Beckton in 1995, the Surrey Docks in 1996, from Wapping, Limehouse and the Isle of Dogs in 1997, and finally from the Royal Docks in late 1998.the powers it held reverted to the London Boroughs.
This sign in Poplar that was erected before all the Canary Wharf towers behind it became surrounded by a hedge which provided protection it and outlived the LDDC and became forgotten until the hedge was trimmed in 2013. However, the sad news is that the storms early in 2014 brought it down (& blew away?) and only remnants of the posts remain. Shame, as we always used to stop and look at the sign when on my Derelict London Limehouse & Poplar guided walking tour.
CAMBERWELL - MYSTERIOUS BLUE PLAQUE
The Southwark News ran an article on this mysterious blue plaque that simply says "This plaque was installed 6th May 2010." The paper submitted a query to the Southwark Blue Plaque scheme steering committee who confirmed it was not their work & also asked those involved in Camberwell Arts Week, but nobody laid claim to the plaque.
This plaque was originally seen north of the river in Rivington Street near Old Streetat what was called the Dirty Square Gallery. This "gallery" was not in a building but on a brick wall. Along with the plaque was a small picture frame and a few coins stuck to the wall. The Blue Plaque' was made by Leo Koivistoinen and Eilidh Short. There is no explanation of why it made it down to Camberwell Station Road. Incidently, if you were wondering why it is called Camberwell Station Road its because there WAS once a railway station in Camberwell - the former station building in its current state can be found elsewhere on this website.
A ghost sign is a hand painted on brick wall sign preserved but slowly fading decades after their painting. The durable lead-based paints used in the early to mid-20th century were a major factor in why these have lasted so long.
The signage may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner.
Amateur Publically Displayed Signs/Notices
Various Bits and Pieces - slideshow
VAUXHALL - LASSCO AT BRUNSWICK HOUSE - LONDON STREETSIGNS FOR SALE
As seen in the Then & Now Section on this website Brunswick House is a Georgian mansion house, built in 1758 purchased in 1811 by the Duke of Brunswick, who fled to England after taking part in the battle of Wagram against Napoleon but returned to Brunswick in 1813 and was killed in battle two years later. The once derelict house, now dwarfed by the St George Wharf development has now been restored by a firm called Lassco who are using the building as a shop selling fascinating architectural antiques & salvage such as old fireplaces from old properties.