Grantham, Lincolnshire

Famous for, perhaps, only one thing: being the birthplace of one M. Thatcher, Grantham has an enigmatic vertical strip of lettering. It looks very much as if the building to the right of the image was built over an existing painted tradesman's sign. The sign itself certainly carries at least two generations of lettering, probably from the same company(?).
  Ipswich Historic Lettering: Grantham 1 Ipswich Historic Lettering: Grantham 2[Photograph courtesy: Richard Attenborrow]
The darker image to the left is closer to Richard Attenborrow's original photograph with an enhancement to the right. The upper strip of white which runs behind the broken down-pipe may have carried the company name in bold capitals. We can make out three variants of the word 'Builder', plus another service provided by this company:
'BUILDE
BUI--
GLAZI(er?)
---RO(?)
BUI--'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Grantham 3[Photograph courtesy: Richard Attenborrow]
'CAFE
Upstairs'
2012. Here's a nice piece of painted brickwork; we particularly approve of the trompe l'oeil screw head at the top. It's from the old Co-op in Grantham, which is now closed and has been there since at least the fifties, we're told. Thanks to Richard Attenborrow for the image.


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