Sunday, 22 March 2015

Ghost signs of the former William Whiteley's Depositories, Kensington Olympia, London

Not much time for commentary this week I'm afraid, but just about enough time to share these pictures of the signage on the former William Whiteley's Depository, which sits alongside the railway line heading south from Kensington Olympia station. It was a bit of a challenge to find a good angle, especially with the position of the sun, but hopefully these pictures show what once must have been a majestic sight, running around at least two sides of this mighty building.

ALL GOODS FULL INSURED STRONG ROOMS

William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London
William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London

WILLIAM WHITELEY'S FURNITURE

William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London
William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London

REMOVALS TO OR FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD

William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London
William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London

REMOVALS TO OR FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD
WILLIAM WHITELEY'S FURNITURE DEPOSITORIES

The railway line that can be seen here is the London Overground line and also the District line between Earl's Court and Kensington Olympia.

William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London
William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London

REMOVALS TO OR FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD

William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London
William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London

FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD
WILLIAM WHITELEY'S FURNITURE DEPOSITORIES

William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London
William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London

The final photo is of the side of the building adjacent to the A4.

WILLIAM WHITELEY'S DEPOSITORIES

William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London
William Whiteley's Depository, Kensington Olympia, London


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Final part of my recent urban wander in and around Shoreditch, London

This is the third and final installment of my Urban Wander in and around Shoreditch. Starting with lunch ... I had a fantastic curry and my wife ordered from the brilliant Ethiopian stall in the first picture.

Indoor food market, Shoreditch
Indoor food market, Shoreditch

Indoor food market, Shoreditch
Indoor food market, Shoreditch

We didn't get chance to go in here for coffee but it's on the list for next time.

Coffee shop, Shoreditch, London
Coffee shop, Shoreditch, London

I can only partially quite make out what the writing above this shop says

....TOMS 18


Ghost sign, Shoreditch, London
Ghost sign, Shoreditch, London

I should have taken more notice about what this was as unfortunately I have no idea. Hopefully one of my observant readers will know.

Art installation(?), Shoreditch, London
Art installation(?), Shoreditch, London

The chimney of the Truman Brewery can be seen from various angles in and around Shoreditch. This is probably my favourite one.

Ghost sign, Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London
Ghost sign, Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London

Ghost sign, Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London
Ghost sign, Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London

Not quite sure was this building is/was, but clearly seen better days.

Abandonment and decay, Shoreditch, London
Abandonment and decay, Shoreditch, London

This is one of those buildings I've walked past plenty of times but only noticed the old signage this time.

WELLS & COMPANY COMMERCIAL WORKS

Ghost sign, Shoreditch, London
Ghost sign, Shoreditch, London

This next ghost sign is one of the more frequently photographed but until this wander I had no idea where it was, and in fact I only spotted it by chance as having realised my wife was no longer with me I turned to wait for her and spotted it.

BLOOMS PIANOS
PERFECTION

Ghost sign, Shoreditch, London
Ghost sign, Shoreditch, London

I was instantly reminded of The Prisoner when I saw this along the Regent's Canal near De Beavouir town.

I am not a number, I am a free man
I am not a number, I am a free man

Further along the canal, with the big white ball having stopped me from escaping, we came across this rather impressive urban topiary on a canal side apartment block.

Urban topiary, Regent's Canal, London
Urban topiary, Regent's Canal, London

And for the final picture of the wander, another ghost sign as we concluded our walk in Islington.

Ghost sign, Islington, London
Ghost sign, Islington, London


Friday, 6 March 2015

Another Urban Wander in and around Shoreditch, London (part 2)

Having been inundated with work over the past couple of weeks, and now having contracted man-flu, this second installment is later than planned. Purely by chronological serendipity this post seems to feature mainly street art, ghost signs and other signs.

Street art, Shoreditch, London
Street art, Shoreditch, London

Street art, Shoreditch, London
Street art, Shoreditch, London

Street art, Shoreditch, London
Street art, Shoreditch, London

Street art, Shoreditch, London
Street art, Shoreditch, London

Street art, Shoreditch, London
Street art, Shoreditch, London

When I first saw this sign I was a bit unsure whether it was old, new or renovated. However a quick bit of internet research revealed that it was in fact the sign for C.H.N. Katz, the string and paper bag wholesalers.

Former sign for Jewish shop sign, Brick Lane, Shoreditch
Former sign for Jewish shop sign, Brick Lane, Shoreditch

Ghost sign, corner of Brick Lane and Princelet Street, Shoreditch, London
Ghost sign, corner of Brick Lane and Princelet Street, Shoreditch, London

This was easily my favourite piece of street art that I saw during this wander. Reminds me a bit of a early 1980's anarco-punk record sleeve.

Street art, Shoreditch, London
Street art, Shoreditch, London

Not sure if this saree centre is still a going concern. I am assuming not as there was not sign of use and the phone number on the sign is an old London format.

Old sign, Shoreditch, London
Old sign, Shoreditch, London

Another fantastic, old sign on a re purposed building.

Old sign, Shoreditch, London
Old sign, Shoreditch, London

A distressed look, but I suspect deliberately so?

Old buildings, Shoreditch, London
Old buildings, Shoreditch, London

Street art, Shoreditch, London
Street art, Shoreditch, London

    

Part 3 will hopefully follow in the next few days.

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