John J. Denton Ltd.

John J. Denton Ltd., 7 Williamson Square, Liverpool, 2003 • Another nice old shop from this racketty and now part-demolished square. Neat gold lettering centred on the door window says simply “TRADE”. The building is still there, but became a Betfred (in a row of other betting shops).

John J. Denton Ltd.

 

John J. Denton Ltd.

Stoniers

Stoniers, Williamson Square, Liverpool, 2003 • Offering “a world of glass and china” no more, this famous Liverpool store once supplied crockery to the Titanic (and indeed the whole White Star Line, whose old Liverpool HQ I featured here). Marks & Spencer purchased the premises in 2010, and by 2012 it was demolished. Plans for a futuristic M&S did not materialise, and there’s still controversy surrounding the whole square.

Stoniers

 

Brown, Muff & Co. Ltd.

Brown, Muff & Co. Ltd., 4 Ivegate, Bradford, West Yorkshire, 2014 • Not a dubious “private shop” but the last remains of an oddly-named department store once known as the Harrods of the North. Founded 1814 by Elizabeth Brown, it was still expanding in the 1960s but in 1995 was shut down by its then-owner, House of Fraser. The 1870s building, designed by architects Knowles and Wilcock, is now split into units; this sign, I think, was part of a 2-day pop-up history project by the BBC in 2010, but has lingered on. There’s more history on Muff and other local department stores here and  here.

Brown, Muff & Co. Ltd.

Potter Bros (Holland Broadbridge)

Potter Bros (Holland Broadbridge), Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 2014 • The faded writing on the white wall (second picture) says: “Frankwell Works Established 1855 Potter Bros”. I know because of the image here. Astonishingly there are plans to tear down this historic industrial complex (last remnant of Shrewsbury’s river trade) and build a boutique hotel.

Potter Bros (Holland Broadbridge)

Potter Bros (Holland Broadbridge)

Potter Bros (Holland Broadbridge)

Potter Bros (Holland Broadbridge)

Syd’s (Hillary Caterers)

Syd’s (Hillary Caterers), corner of Calvert Avenue and Shoreditch High Street, Tower Hamlets, London E2, 2002 • Rus in urbe;  note bespoke piping to lamp post. Founded by a Great War veteran in 1919 and still much the same today, though they’ve updated the sign (which was three years out at this point)There’s a good article about it in Spitalfields Life

Syd's (Hillary Caterers)

Syd's (Hillary Caterers)

J.A. Ibbotson

J.A. Ibbotson, The Forge, 72 Walton Street, Walton on the Hill, Tadworth, Surrey, 2003 • Looks more like Herefordshire than Surrey. To quote in full: J.A. Ibbotson R.S.S. A.W.C.F. Smith. Farrier. Agricultural Engineer. And a very old ‘closed’ sign and phone number. The hut remains, its fading sign-board replaced by a ‘Blacksmith’ logo.

J.A. Ibbotson

J.A. Ibbotson

St Noahs News

St Noahs News, 41 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, East Sussex, 2014 • Sunny frontage for the patron saint of missing apostrophes. I’m always attracted by newsagents because they’re a type of shop that’s gradually fading away, along with the local newspapers they stock.

St Noahs News