Westgate, the mouth of the Berkeley Street opposite College Street
(which leads to the cathedral) has a printer's
trade sign painted on the once plain brick side wall.
There is something odd
about this sign.
Firstly, he brickwork repair in different colour at the top left cover
most of the first word, however 'letterpress' as one word is the
conventional term for the printing process. The spacing here suggests
that the words beneath may have been 'letter' and 'press'. Secondly,
'Copperplate' is missing its final 'e', surely? Sitting within the the
long cartouche we seems to have 'Letter Press and Copperplat'. The
lower word is cut through by three windows, presumably added to the
building when it was converted from a works into a residence.
A detail from the other direction shows that the 'E' is mainly still
there, although the cream background cartouch appears to have been
Also in Westgate is this lettering and crest of Britannia high up:
The White Lamp is shown at 45 Westgate Street in 1906 Kelly's
Directory. The address had changed to 87 Westgate Street in the 1939
Kellys. It closed in the nineteen seventies or eighties. Since closure
left to slowly deteriorate and was held up by scaffolding for many
years. Trees grew within the fabric of the building and the roof had
collapsed. The facade of the old White Lamp, however, was still
impressive. In July 2002 work finally started to renovate the building.
The facade was retained in the development but this was probably