Former South Western Railway Offices,
Listed Grade II
'Borin, I spotted this fantastic example of lettering in Plymouth,
above Mayflower gifts, near to The Barbican on the quay side. Various
pics attached which you might need to lighten etc – looking on Google
street view it appears that it was in a worse state (the source date on
the image is April 2015) which implies it has been restored recently.
Also a rather nice lamp jutting out from first floor. -Andrew Smith'
Many thanks to Andrew for
recording this building; the 'retouching' of historic signs is
contentious – they're probably best left in their original state.
We see similar treatments of signs in Beccles ('Smith &
Easthaugh') and Colchester ('Charles Brown & Sons') where, frankly,
the original sign has been destroyed. Clearly the Grade
II listing didn't deter the owners from repainting the signs.
The use of extended cartouch panels throughout is inventive:
'LONDON SOUTH WESTERN RLY.
RECEIVING OFFICE FOR GOODS
AND PARCELS TO ALL PARTS'
Searching for this building on the web reveals some very pale,
weathered signs in 2012, which had been re-lettered at some point in
The London & South Western Railway reached Sutton Harbour at The
Barbican in 1878.