Thursday, 8 May 2014

An Urban Wander around Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, part 2

As usual, the next installment of a multi-part post takes longer than I would like, but this time I have a pleasing excuse in that I have been out on my mountain bike, cut the grass, cleaned the cars, dug over and  planted up the vegetable patch, all in the same bank holiday weekend.

So, where did I leave you last time, in part one of my Urban Wander around Birmingham? Ah yes, with a bit of urban abandonment, restoration and of course a few ghost signs. Well, those of you who like that sort of thing will be pleased to know that part 2 features more of the same, and also features what might well be my favourite ghost sign of those I've found so far.

So, we kick off with an abandoned pub that is being restored. Not sure if it will re-emerge as a pub or not though.

Abandoned pub, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned pub, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

As regular readers will know, I've come across a fair few ghost signs in my Urban Wandering, but this is almost certainly my favourite one so far.

JONES AND
PALMER
PRINTERS
STATIONERS
BOOK BINDERS
JEWELLERS WORK
A SPECIALITY
SEALING WAX PAPERS & STRING
ETC ETC

Ghost sign in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Ghost sign in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Another abandoned pub by the look of it.

Abandoned pub, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned pub, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Not sure if this deli is abandoned or not, but I liked the picture so have left it in.

Abandoned(?) delicatessen, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned(?) delicatessen, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

I can't vouch for any other ghost sign enthusiasts but sometimes I think I can see them everywhere. I was quite sure there was some visible lettering in the painted strip on the front on this house when I took the photo, but am no longer so sure.

Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Possible ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

The remainder of the pictures in this blog post are all taken around the Camden Street area in the Jewellery Quarter. Whereas some of the other abandoned buildings I had seen earlier in the day showed obvious signs of being restored, I am not sure that's the case with these ones.

Abandoned buildings, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned buildings, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Abandoned building, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned building, Camden Street area, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Abandoned building, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned building, Camden Street area, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Abandoned buildings, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned buildings, Camden Street area, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Abandoned buildings, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned buildings, Camden Street area, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Abandoned buildings, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned buildings, Camden Street area, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Abandoned buildings, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned buildings, Camden Street area, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Abandoned buildings, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned buildings, Camden Street area, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Third and final installment will hopefully be ready over the weekend.

    

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