Bath & Thereabouts

Brief visit to Bath and Frome. A very good friend of ours lives on a canal boat in the Bath area so we had a good weekend drinking, eating and sloe-picking, and I also managed to grab some shots of the local ghost signs and canal-boat signwriting.

Ghost Signs in Widcombe.

Ghost Signs in Widcombe.

Ghost Signs in Widcombe.

Ghost Signs in Widcombe.

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Ghost signs in Frome.

Ghost signs in Frome.

Ghost Signs

On a brief stop in the Dorset town of Bridport at the weekend, I happened upon the above ghost sign, a wonderful term which applies to those faded, scuffed old signs that you sometimes catch sight of above eye level on forgotten walls.  It reminded me of another example i photographed while visiting York two years ago.  The Bile Beans sign is a fairly iconic local landmark and was apparently restored by the York Arts Forum in 1986.

In case you were wondering I think Bile Beans were a mild laxative, similar to liver salts.

Upon further investigation online I found an entire website dedicated to the documentation of ghost signs where you can find some interesting archives and articles on the subject.

Ghost Signs