So great to be asked back to renovate yet another 'Ghost Sign' in the town where i grew up, Market Harborough.
This one is smaller than the Freeman Hardy & Willis sign that i did a few years ago, but maybe more recognisable for some of the original Harboro residents, as it used to be one of the best fish and chip shops around in its day. Taylors was famous for being the second oldest fish and chip shop in the world and was even recommended by Egon Ronay and featured in the Relais Routiers Guide.
As a Signwriter by trade i'm often asked what my thoughts are on the renovation of Ghost Signs. On one hand i do love the old decayed beauty of these signs ( i really do! ), but on the other hand, if they are just left to decay then eventually there will be no sign to see at all.
The process i try to stick by with any job like this is to keep the renovations as near as possible to the original, lettering shapes and colours traced and sampled from what is left of the original sign. Re- signwrite with no imbelishments, or alterations to the original design... just a to be as true to the original as possible is the key.
Thank you to Rebecca and Duncan Murray Wines for the trust in letting me loose on this one, and also F Taylor for showing me around the old place.
Al Scott 2023
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A bit about me:
A Signwriter from the age of 17...