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.
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