Plymouth

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' (2016).

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Plymouth 12016 images Ipswich Historic Lettering: Plymouth 2
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.
'SOUTH
WESTERN
RAILWAY
OFFICES'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Plymouth 3   Ipswich Historic Lettering: Plymouth 4
The use of extended cartouch panels throughout is inventive:
'LONDON SOUTH WESTERN RLY.
RECEIVING OFFICE FOR GOODS
AND PARCELS TO ALL PARTS'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Plymouth 5
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 past.
The London & South Western Railway reached Sutton Harbour at The Barbican in 1878.




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