Lowestoft has a proud history as a fishing port, but
the decline of
industry in recent decades has left this large town on the mouth of the
River Waveney finding new roles apart from that of a seaside resort.
railway station (below) must have one of the few remaining British
signs in the country. It is in surprisingly good condition, too. If
serves British Railways was rebranded as 'British Rail' with its red
blue arrow logo during the late sixties (not to mention the nineties
of our rail services), so this sign must predate this. One would have
that, in its day, Railtrack would have replaced this sign - but it
be listed ... anyone know?
Not far from the station on Bevan Street East stands a
humble building, once a small furnishers:
(then two lines of previous faded lettering including the last word
'FURNISHING' just above the wood/tile porch).
Proceeding towards the Bascule Bridge over the Waveney, we find another
furnisher's sign: a near-complete, massive
'FURNISH AT TUTTLES
on a pale coloured painted area which doesn't quite
stretch below the
'Galleries'. There are signs of earlier lettering below this, too. The
of a furniture gallery is a novel one. The typeface is unusual and has
orange drop shadow.
Further down London Road South there is a former shoe
'STEAD & SIMPSON
high on the wall on a paler (green?) panel.
and a little further still, an old Barclays Bank
branch, proudly signed
on each side. The white rectangle with black border is starting to wash
down on the brickwork below, but the sign is still remarkably clear
the bank having long gone.
See Beccles, Ipswich
Cornhill, and Felixstowe for more
bank lettering examples.
On Kendal Road which runs from the Pakefield end of
London Road South
towards the Fisheries Research Establishment stands this remarkable
example of trade lettering:
'METAL COATING MOTORS LTD.
Diesel & Motor Engineers.'
The firm is still in operation, and someone has done
a fine paint
job on the green background (despite the down pipes), even though the
frontage has seen better days. It seems - however unlikely - that the
signwriter has returned to earlier lettering and painted round existing
characters. The drop-shadow small and large caps have that weathered
look to the face of the font which gives a suitably distressed metallic
the sign. Ten out of ten.
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