Monday, 12 May 2014

An Urban Wander around the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, part 3 of 3

And so finally we come to the third and final installment of my Urban Wander around Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. If this is the only one you've seen then check out the first and second installments.

The first two pictures are taken below Legge Lane where I took some of the pictures in the first installment ... with me so far?

Abandoned buildings, Legge Lane, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Abandoned buildings, Legge Lane, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Abandoned buildings, Legge Lane, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
 Abandoned buildings, Legge Lane, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Next up we have a ghost sign, which I'm sure was much clearer and easy to read that the photo suggests. I can however just about make out

? & SONS
POLISHERS
& NICKEL PLATERS
EST 1834

Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

What I thought was a ghost sign actually turned out to be the sign for an old, but very much still ongoing concern. Thomas Fattorini Limited

Thomas Fattorini Limited buildings, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Thomas Fattorini Limited buildings, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

This one is definitely a ghost sign however as the building is clearly boarded up.

VARIETY WORKS
A.J.SMITH

Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

And on the building next door at number 45

MANUFACTURING JEWELLERS
ROBINSON AND McKEWAN

Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Presumably not longer an active school, so counts as a ghost sign in my books.

MUNICIPAL
SCHOOL
FOR
JEWELLERS &
SILVERSMITHS

Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

From ghost signs back to abandonment, although fairly recent abandonment by the look of it, and no doubt to be followed by some sort of restoration.

Former premises of Joseph Smith & Sons, Manufacturing Jewellers, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Former premises of Joseph Smith & Sons, Manufacturing Jewellers, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Closer up revealed an old sign explaining the building's previous use.

Old sign, Joseph Smith & Sons, Manufacturing Jewellers, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Old sign, Joseph Smith & Sons, Manufacturing Jewellers, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

I've stared at this final picture a number of times but still can't work out what the lettering above the door says.

Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Ghost sign, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Well, that's the third and final installment of my Urban Wander around Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter complete. I have a small backlog of other wanders stored away, so will probably go for a complete change of scenery for my next post ... maybe to the coast.

    

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