With my recent eye for abandonment, decay, ghost signs and, of course, psychogeography, it was with quite some excitement that I visited Gloucester docks for the first time in probably about 20 years. If I'm honest I was a bit skeptical about what I'd find there, and whether it would be just another docklands redevelopment, but I was more than pleasantly surprised by the restoration of the original buildings. Admittedly there are a couple of fairly hideous additions, but overall this place was magnificent ... particularly as we were disciplined enough to stay dockside and not venture into the new shopping arcade.
The only words I can make out in the first ghost sign are
I think this one reads
This dry dock is an impressive engineering feat, and by the looks of it it's still in use.
I can make out the top line, but not the line beneath.
Another ghost sign for
These next few pictures show the buildings slightly further away from the renovated part of the docks.
I can decipher a couple of words on this next ghost sign, but there's plenty more I can't.
HEAD OFFICE ?????????
Street art really has to take my eye before I'll bother to take a picture, and this one fitted the bill nicely.
This next ghost sign was incredible, but really hard to find a decent position from which to take a picture. Across both side of the ghost sign is
and then on the left hand side is
HEAD OFFICE ???????????
and on the right hand of the sign
Easier to decipher this old sign
I would imagine this bridge is no longer in use. I'm not sure whether the sturdy metal beams beneath the bridge are original or a more recent addition to prevent the structure from falling down.
Another nice and easy to read old sign
No sign of the former inn at all ... and no goats either.