Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Ghost signs

These hand-painted advertisements were once a common feature of gable-ends throughout the North of England and beyond ~ sadly most of them are long gone
Here's one [bottom left] from an old postcard, in the days before it became a ghost.

Bedford Road, Kempston (Beds.), late 1960s.  [Source: no idea]

Brougham Street, Burnley, 1960s/70s.  [By permission: Burnley in the 60s and 70s]

Madeley, Telford, Shropshire.  Thanks to commenter Andrew for the location and photo.  I'm sure the owners must repaint this one regularly

Unknown location see above, 1990s?  [Source: no idea]

This one's on Rochdale Road, Walsden, near Todmorden.  I suspect it's actually the remains of more than one advert, painted at different times.  Shame about the ivy.

I had a go at 'repainting' it but (inevitably) got bored very quickly.  [Both these photos are my own, hence the poor quality] ... By the way when I say I had a go at repainting it, I don't mean I waited till the residents had gone out then shimmied up a ladder with a bucket of white paint.  I wouldn't do that kind of thing.  Mainly because I hate going up ladders.  Anyway, no, what I meant was I had a go at repainting it using a computer art program ~ like Photoshop but not Photoshop, I forget its name.

The nice people who own the house have recently ripped down a lot of that ivy to reveal more:
 Thanks, folks :O)
 Lorne Road, Leicester [photo by Amy Barnes, reproduced by kind permission of ghostsigns.co.uk]
Southfield Lane, Bradford [photo by John Grogan, reproduced by kind permission of ghostsigns.co.uk]
No idea where this one is because I've forgotten where I found the photo ...
[EDIT] This one's at Honley, near Huddersfield ~ I drove past it yesterday (24/12/12).
Queensway, Rochdale [photo by me]
N.B. This ghost sign has now been pretty well destroyed (22/01/14).

And finally ...
 A cutting from the [erm ... erm ... I must start labelling stuff ...], 1960s/70s/80s.  Briston is in Norfolk, between Fakenham and Sheringham (apparently)


  1. Thanks for these very interesting photos, the two you have attributed to my website, www.ghostsigns.co.uk should actually be credited to Amy Barnes and John Grogan respectively. I hope you can update with this information. I'll be linking to this blog post soon from my Posterous.

    1. Thanks, Sam ~ done!
      Still enjoying browsing http://www.ghostsigns.co.uk/ :O)

  2. Madeley, TELFORD, Shropshire http://tinypic.com/r/sxoksx/8

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  3. Madeley, Telford. Hadn't been repainted until I moved in a five of years ago - much more recent than the 1990s... this photo must have been taken in the last 4 years.