Halloween is fast approaching, but this week at Lurot Brand we've temporarily set aside pumpkins, skeletons and plastic horror masks to investigate the phenomenon of the 'ghost sign'.
From the Victorian era up to the 1950s, skilled sign painters created advertising masterpieces on the walls of the capital's buildings, with nothing more than a few cans of paint, a brush and a long step ladder.
After the Second World War mass-printed posters (which could be changed after a few weeks) became the 'norm' and hand painted signs were forgotten. While some were painted over when areas became more gentrified, others were left in place and continued to gently fade over time. This article at insider-london.co.uk features a traditional mews property where the signage, although badly faded, still provides a visible reminder of the building's commercial history .
As specialists in buying and letting mews properties, we are always fascinated to learn more about the way mews streets have evolved over the years. If you know of any other mews buildings with 'ghost signage', please send us a photo.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a mews home in one of the capital's most exclusive areas, contact us today to view some fantastic properties, from traditional mews houses to stunning, high end conversions.
In this picturesque mews lies three faded ghost signs, with only one legible enough to be read. It reads ‘Shop, Office & Bank (?) Fitters’. The next reads contractors. The other two are too faded to read.