Last week, on what turned out to be a rare sunny evening after work, I managed to make my way to somewhere that's been on my list for a while, Camberwell Green. My reason for wanting to visit was the TV documentary series, The Secret History of our Streets, in which Camberwell Grove was covered in one of the episodes. This street was an incredible, leafy suburb, that really could have been anywhere, yet was just a stone's throw away from Peckam in one direction, and Brixton in the other.
What turned out to be of more interest to be, perhaps inevitably given my recent obsession, was of course the more build up areas, complete with fading ghost signs. As seems to be the case with many of my urban wanders, the light was not as kind to me as it could have been, so some of the photos could perhaps be a bit clearer, but overall I was pleased with the day's haul.
Boarded up, with evidence that there was possibly a more recent sign over the faded one in the background, we have the Hair Stylist, Maison Marguerite.
Ghost sign for Maison Marguerite, Hair Stylists, Denmark Hill, London SE5
This next one is a complete mystery and I can only decipher the words "HOUSE FOR" near the top and possibly "TURNERS" towards the bottom.
Ghost sign, Denmark Hill, London SE5
Despite the condition of this ghost sign, I actually remember this advert which is for Haig Whiskey, with the catch phrase "Don't be vague, ask for Haig". I'm struggling to make out any of the pale blue words towards the bottom of the advert though.
Ghost sign for Haig Whisky, Milkwell Yard, Denmark Hill, London SE5
Finally on this urban wander is a sign for bread which reads
THE BEST BROWN BREAD
The top half of the sign is long gone, but maybe someone, somewhere has some more information?
Ghost sign for Daren Brown Bread, Denmark Hill, London SE5
Once again this felt like the sort of place where I really only managed to scrape the surface, so yet another one to return to in the future.