Friday, 6 December 2013

Urban Wandering around Fulham, Parsons Green and Putney Bridge

I think I managed to find time for my latest Urban Wander on what must have been the bleakest days of the year so far - grey, cold and windy, so please excuse the quality and jaunty angles of some of the pictures which follow. Actually these pictures were taken on two separate wanders, although the first wander only resulted in one picture, the first one below. This is of a shop front in the New King's Road just beyond Parsons Green tube station. The shop is in the process of being restored and I'm assuming that this old sign has recently been uncovered as part of the renovation. I'm a bit annoyed I managed to miss out half of the final letter, but I was taking this from the road and worried about the approaching bus,

Old sign in the New King's Road, London SW6
Old sign in the New King's Road, London SW6

The next set of pictures are all from my second wander around a similar area, and feature a mixture of ghost signs and abandonment. First up is a great ghost sign for Brymay Matches which I found along Lillie Road.

FOR BRITISH HOMES
BRYMAY

Ghost sign in Lillie Road, London SW6
Ghost sign in Lillie Road, London SW6

Despite the cold wind, I was inspired by this one, so kept on going, and turning into Munster Road I found another two beauties. First up is a ghost sign for Walpamur Paint spread across two wall panels. The ghost sign on the right hand side reads:

S.G.PURKISS
& CO LTD
STOCK AND
RECOMMEND
WALPAMUR
QUALITY
PAINTS

The one on the left hand side is harder to decipher but contains:

WALPAMUR
WATER PAINT
???
 ENAMEL PAINT
???
SATIN FINISH
Ghost sign in Munster Road, London SW6

Hot on the heels of the previous one, I came across another, even better one, spread across three sections of wall:

REDFERNS
RUBBER
HEELS

CHEAPEST
&
BEST
FULHAM
LEATHER

Ghost sign in Munster Road, London SW6
Ghost sign in Munster Road, London SW6

Towards the end of New King's Road I found another, which is a bit difficult to make it, but I think it says

THE
DRIVE
???
Ghost sign in New King's Road, London SW6
Ghost sign in New King's Road, London SW6

Coming out of the New King's Road and on to the Fulham High Street, I was greeted with signs of abandonment, dereliction and decay ... and if I'm not imagining things then some of the pictures below also have faded lettering in the brickwork of what I assume is an abandoned garage of some sorts.

Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London W6
Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London SW6

Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London W6
Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London SW6

Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London W6
Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London SW6

Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London W6
Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London SW6

Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London W6
Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London SW6

Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London W6
Abandoned buildings on the Fulham High Street, London SW6

Unfortunately I have not been able to find any information as to what this building, or rather set of buildings, may have been.

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