Burton (Antique Warehouse)

Burton (Antique Warehouse), 9-14 Depford Broadway, Borough of Lewisham, London SE8, 2002 • This grille, which I spotted at ground level,  alerted me to photograph the shop above it, but if I’d stepped back I’d have seen the whole building was magnificent. By 2012, the neatly-reworded cartouches were covered and the building empty. For more on Burton’s architecture see this article on the Newark Branch, and the National Archives has a good general history.

Burton (Antique Warehouse)

Burton (Antique Warehouse)

Burton (Antique Warehouse)

Burton (Abergavenny)

Burton, 16-17 High Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, 2014 • A classic Burton that’s still in use, albeit somewhat grimy and with inferior modern logo tacked on. The company’s founder Montague Burton (born Moshe Osinsky in Lithuania) had 333 shops by 1933, and all were elegant buildings which attempted to evoke a gentlemen’s club. Some even housed billiard halls or dancing schools, and all are still recognisable today – there’s a Flickr group here

Burton (Abergavenny)

Burton (Abergavenny)

Burton (Abergavenny)

Burton (Abergavenny)

Burton (Royal Victoria Place)

Burton, Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre, circa 29 Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 2014 • According to the article here the local council refused permission to demolish this frontage and made the developer take it down and rebuild it. I bet the ground floor facade was beautiful when intact – indeed, it may still be lurking beneath the boxy shopping centre entrance.

Burton (Royal Victoria Place)

R. Jackson & Sons

R. Jackson & Sons, 20 Slater Street, Liverpool, 2014 • Art materials shop that’s been at various premises in Slater Street since 1866. Looks like a newer sign got taken off; in fact the whole thing looks rather closed down, though the fact that they have a regularly-updated website suggests it’s still operational. 

R. Jackson & Sons

Picart Gallery

Picart Gallery, 27 The Old High Street, Folkestone, Kent, 2008 • Spotted during Folkestone’s first art Triennial, when the town seemed to have a programme of revealing the original signs on disused and creatively re-let shops. Nice for me, but a slightly downbeat effect en masse.

Picart Gallery

Romanys

Romanys, 51 Brewer Street, City of Westminster, London W1, 2014 • Example of a useful old Soho shop that’s still there, a rapidly diminishing group. I included the bloke because he looks like Larry David out of Curb Your Enthusiasm – and his trews match the sign.

Romanys

 

M. Landaw

M. Landaw, 5 Eagle Place, City of Westminster, London SW1, 2003 & 2014 (bottom) • Stylish alleyway newsagent looking straight out of Vienna. Not only has it disappeared, the entire lively row was later stripped of commerce and rebuilt as a barren, featureless space (bottom). There’s a 2008 photo of the whole alley pre-development on the Urban75 blog here.

M. Landaw

M. Landaw

M. Landaw

M. Landaw

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J.R. Hobson & Co The Drinking Glass Centre

J.R. Hobson & Co The Drinking Glass Centre, Nursery Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 2010 • Founded 1870 initially as a brass foundry, Hobsons used to supply the pub trade with glasses and materials, but closed in 2009 due to floods and recession.There’s a history thread here to which the owner’s son contributes.  The building was still there in 2012.

J.R. Hobson & Co The Drinking Glass Centre

J.R. Hobson & Co The Drinking Glass Centre