Friday, 30 November 2018

A week in the Peak District: a quick wander around Wirksworth, Derbyshire

Over the summer, one of our wonderful staycations was in Derbyshire. I have quite a few pictures to share from the various wanderings so will split them into a handful of shorter blog posts rather than one long one. Let's start with Wirksworth, which was the nearest town to where we were staying. Small enough to have some soul to it, large enough to have some great bars and restaurants, and pleasing that it had a few ghost signs and old signs to reveal. Unfortunately a couple of these were quite weathered so I was not able to decipher them.

This first one however was readable

WIRKSWORTH & DISTRICT CO OPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED  

Ghost sign, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Ghost sign, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

I'm sure this next ghost sign would have been stunning in its time, but time has taken its toll and it's hard to make out anything other than a few letters, and searching through the internet didn't show anything either. If anyone knows more I'd love to find out.

Ghost sign, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Ghost sign, Wirksworth, Derbyshire


Less ghostly, but more readable, is this wonderful pre-Warboys sign.

Pre-Warboys sign, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Pre-Warboys sign, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

It wasn't until I blew this picture up on the PC that I noticed it had more to it than initially caught my eye. As well as the lettering starting WIN between the rows of windows, there are also the letters SWORN just in the shadow of where the roof hangs over the wall, and there's a middle line ending in SER. However I am none the wise as to what the complete sign may have read. Any clues?

Ghost sign, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Ghost sign, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

And of course, no trip to Wirksworth would be complete without a few pictures of the heritage railway. However, it would seem these have mysteriously vanished from my phone.

    

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