Bungay

Bungay on the Suffolk side of the Waveney valley is proud of its market-town charm as well as having at least two fine lettering specimens. Below we see the end wall of a public house which preserves name, date and brewery:
'1923
THE SHIP INN
LACONS FINE ALES'

in a shaped border; clearly a cared-for sign. The only part which now applies is the date of erection. The mixing of serif caps for the pub name and sans-serif caps for the brewery is rather effective.

Lacons Falcon Brewery in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk closed its doors in 1968 after a take-over by Whitbread (themselves no longer brewing these days) and the main buildings were soon demolised (the Whitbread depot on North Quay). Lacons was a name once associated with a long tradition of beer brewing in Norfolk. Drinkers could order a pint of Lacons mild and pale ale or Oatmeal stout in a pub around the corner or in a city centre alehouse as far away as London and Newcastle. Traces of the Lacons name and falcon motif can sometimes be found on the walls of old pubs once owned by them, for example on The Butchers Arms, Knodishall. Our Links page give the website of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, for more examples.
See also the Links list for the Brewery History Society website and archive of signs. The Blooming Fuschia public house in Ipswich is now demolished, but its famous ceramic sign has been preserved.



Earsham Street in Bungay could be called rather twee by the over-critical. Here are delicatessens, bistros, a real live Post Office (see Cornhill in Ipswich), ethnic crafts shops and bijou residences.

'LONDON & PROVINCIAL BANK LIMTD'
adorns a tiny, ornate former bank branch, now a residence.

See Beccles, Ipswich Cornhill, Lowestoft and Felixstowe for more bank lettering examples (none as distinguished as this) and Halesworth (for  a bank that nearly is).
Ipswich Signs: Bungay - bank

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