L.W. Haggis, 171 Brighton Road, South Croydon, Surrey, 2003 • What a brilliant name! Although it looks like someone chopped the bottom of their sign off. Now The Office Shop.
Stitch & Sew, 11 New Broadway, Tarrring Road, Worthing, West Sussex, 2003 • Beautiful old-lady shop, complete with flotilla of knitted ducklings in the window. The opening times sign on its lovely net curtain offers forewarning of its demise; it can be seen closed down in 2009 here. It’s now Commercial Finance Services, who have removed the Alterations sign under window to reveal an even older Clark’s sign.
The Cat Basket Rhodes Minnis Cat Sanctuary Shop, 16a Cheriton Place, Folkestone, Kent, 2008 • All cat charity shops should be required by law to have net curtains like this (note lacy cottage and cat designs). Happily, it looks like these are still in place.
Cat Automotive Parts Express, 177-179 Brighton Road, South Croydon, Surrey, 2003 • Maybe yesterday’s shock absorber sign belonged to this nearby auto business, successfully rocking the grim 1970s vibe (with escaping Santa for added gloom). It’s now Khana Peena Indian restaurant, which gets pretty decent Tripadvisor reviews.
Monroe Shock Absorbers Specialist, Newark Road (side of 173 Brighton Road), South Croydon, Surrey, 2003 • I always like random old signs for no-nonsense things like engineering parts. I don’t know the name of the business this belonged to, but it used to be on a wall escutcheon of what is now the rather groovy Two Wheels Ahead scooter shop.
Clarke Motorcycles, 63 Osmaston Road, Derby, Derbyshire, 2010 • All motorcycle shops should be like this. It’s still there, just off the fabulously-named Lara Croft Way.