the hat box floor mosaic brighton

Do you love old shop signs? I do and I’d love nothing more than to time travel down my local high street in its vintage signage heyday and see it as it once was, full of all the art work and shop signs that have disappeared today. Most have gone, but if you look up and around there’s always the chance you’ll spot one lurking up high on the side of a building or even on the floor… I’ve spotted quite a few around Brighton and now have quite a collection I thought I’d share – if you like that kind of thing and are in a time travelling mood…

(Above: The Hat Box, outside what’s now a tattoo shop on Gardner Street, and dating back to between 1911 and 1940 when the shop was in business)

The Dependent pub circa 1867, turned bookshop, turned private home on Little Preston Street 
Brewin Butchers established 1848, Upper North Street 
Grand Parade Garage, Trafalgar Street 
The Western Hotel, now The Paris House and flats on Western Road
Pretty Madeira Sun Terrace Cafe, Madeira Drive 
A Parsons & Son Builders & Decorators, Havelock Road 
Abandoned Brighton Hippodrome, Middle Street 
Furniture Showrooms, now a shop selling stamps, Prince Albert Street 
This is actually two ghost signs over one! I think the one in black lettering says EJ Johnson Afternoon Teas. Head to 71a London Road 
Dyeing and Cleaning Works, Sydney Street 
The Old Ship Assembly Rooms – a Grade II listed building inside the Old Ship Hotel once used as a ballroom 
The Old Mineral Water Factory turned private residence, Boyces Street 


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