Friday, 6 June 2014

Ghost signs of Woolhampton, Berkshire

Only a few miles from where I live is the village of Woolhampton, on the A4 between Newbury and Reading. I must have driven through Woolhampton tens, if not hundreds, of times, but it was only very recently that I noticed the ghost signs. So, with an hour on my hands between drop-off and pick-up of one of the kids at one of their various after school activities, I managed to have a wander around and get some pictures. For such a small village I was quite astonished to find four separate ghost signs. I assume there are so many as, at the time, the A4 would have been the main road between London and the west of England, so would have attracted a reasonable amount of passers by.

This first ghost sign looks like a double. The words

HOVIS
TEAS

are clear and bold, so I assume these are one of the signs, but behind these words I can just make out

EST 1975
GOLDEN
BROWN

Ghost sign, Woolhampton, Berkshire
Ghost sign, Woolhampton, Berkshire

Continuing on the bakery theme, we have

H.S.WARNER
BAKER & CONFECTIONER

Ghost sign, Woolhampton, Berkshire
 Ghost sign, Woolhampton, Berkshire

Ghost sign, Woolhampton, Berkshire
 Ghost sign, Woolhampton, Berkshire

Not sure how old this next ghost sign is. I would imagine it'd more recent that other in this post, but a ghost sign nevertheless.

NEWS

Ghost sign, Woolhampton, Berkshire
 Ghost sign, Woolhampton, Berkshire

And finally, my favourite of the batch

THE OLD
WOOLHAMPTON BAKERY
EST 1875
FOR
HOVIS

Ghost sign, Woolhampton, Berkshire
Ghost sign, Woolhampton, Berkshire


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