Street mystery sign
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Many people notice this circular ghost sign as they queue to
turn into the top of Argyle Street from Woodbridge Road. Quite a few
get in touch with this website to tell us about it...
February 2014: the cement rendering on the end wall largely
dropped off. What
The only obvious shape on the brickwork is a blue 'O' to the
right. The close-ups suggest that it might be a 'Q' as there is a clear
tail at lower centre. No other lettering is visible (so far).
What on earth can it be advertising?
There is a buckle to
the left and the strap with its hole reinforcements and it seems to
have a kind of
serpentine double-hook on the end. Painted quite realistically, the
hook to the left projects out
and its head drops down; it still bear some gold paint. There are
little projections about two-thirds of the way up these
shapes. The sign
painter has given the
shapes shadows to suggest three-dimensionality.
Artist's impression of the sign
(from anonymous donor).
We are grateful to several people who reported this odd sign to
us. For example, Nigel wrote:
"I was driving down Woodbridge Road the other morning and I noticed
that on the corner of Argyle Street the
side rendering [has been] removed revealing what looks like a large
painted directly onto the brickwork. I couldn’t make out if there was
any lettering as I was in the car and couldn’t get a good enough look.
I thought I’d better let you know before it gets covered up again!... I
see the page is up now. Very intriguing! It reminds me of something but
I can't think what... Anyway, thanks for one of the best sites on the
[UPDATE 12.3.2014: "I've
just remembered what the Argyle Street circle reminds me of:
It's the Order of the Garter - I have no idea how it
significant to an end of terrace house/shop in Ipswich though! Cheers,
[UPDATE 12.1.2015: the
weathering of this sign now reveals white lettering in a decorative
font, curving over the upper part of the blue 'Garter'. These letters
Researches suggest that A.E. Blasby & Son Ltd were
incorporated 11.11.1948 and the company was dissolved 13.8.1996; the
company carried out general construction and civil engineering.]
We are told that a timber yard once occupied the area in front
of this wall, currently a car parking area for Argyle
Street School. Presumably
this yard belonged to A.E. Blasby & Son Ltd, which would explain
N.B. this garter motif crops up again on a Great Eastern Railway
armorial on the interior wall of St
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