Bar Fontaine / The Prince of Orange
Between The Halberd and Ewers Grey-Green Coaches
in St Margaret's Street stands the sorry sight of a neglected and
decaying listed building once called Bar Fontaine. Another building
with interesting elevations (also seen from Old Foundry Road), it
awaits a new role in the town. In the background of the above
photograph can be seen the Egerton's wall
It is worth recording the lettering
visible above the patched-up shuttering which covers the street-level:
'FREE HOUSE ... Prince of
... TRADITIONAL ALES'
The serif'd capitals on either
side and central gothic script are clearly readable behind the later
'Bar Fontaine' condensed caps, by virtue of the lifting of the reddish
paint layer. We assume that these characters were painted and the later
covering red layer is degrading in response to the characters below.
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