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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Sunday, 20 January 2013

Shop signs

There was a time when all shops used to have signs hanging outside to advertise their name and business. At one end of Fleet Street you can still see a few establishments that have retained these signs.


No prizes for guessing what this shop sells!

Goslings branch of Barclays bank.

Goslings Bank was established in 1650 at the 'Sign of Ye Three Squirrels', now 19 Fleet Street. It amalgamated with Barclays Bank Ltd in 1896, but is still known as Gosling's Branch.









 
 
 
 
Fuller's Ale and Pie House also on Fleet Street used to be the  Old Bank of England but as the name suggests is now a pub. It is quite large inside with beautiful decor in keeping with its age. I'm not a beer drinker but the friend I was with assured me it was well worth the visit.

30 comments:

  1. Cool collection of signs! They are great advertisements for the businesses. Great shots, have a happy week!

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  2. Oh, yes! I love your signs!! How fun! And what great captures for the day!! Enjoy your day!!

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  3. Cool signs! They definitely attract the potential customer's attention...

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  4. Beautiful signs!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  5. Great images of your environment. Much enjoyed. Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens photo

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  6. so many cool signes. Some things was obviously better in the past. :)

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  7. Isn't this what was once called "hanging out your shingle"? These signs are all very cool! :-)

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  8. Great signs! I like the eyeglasses!

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  9. Love all the signs! Wish we saw more of them where I live.

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  10. What great old signs, that's something we don't see where I live.

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  11. Lovely series of photos of shop signs ~ Very creative ~

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  12. These signs are great. I love the individuality of the old signs.

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  13. these are marvelous signs! you should join Lesley's meme---http://signs2.blogspot.com, it's every Thursday.:p

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  14. Love seeing the old signs. The Ale and Pie House is a favorite... Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  15. I love the iron work surrounding these signs, a beautiful heritage from a past era.

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  16. So nice to see these old signs! Good shots!

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  17. the glases in the first one are cool :)

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  18. You hardly see them anymore here indeed. They are so wonderful made, nice they are still there.

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  19. That is a good collection of shots!

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  20. That is a good collection! I too love to see those signs they are very interesting and so creative!

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  21. Wonderful signs - love those cheery glasses!

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  22. I love the wrought iron designs. It's a shame these kinds of signs are going by the wayside. http://looseleafnotes.com

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  23. I hope you didn't run over somebody while looking up to find signs, lol ! But it was worthwhile, they are real nice ! I'll keep my eyes open too next time I am in "old" Brussels city center !

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  24. Love them! Hope they last forever!

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  25. These signs are gorgeous—so ornate!

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  26. These signs have a special European flavour that I love. I'll have to be on the lookout in Vancouver to see if any show up, but I imagine they would be few and far between. I do remember some in the older section of Montreal. (I left there about 15 years ago)

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