Street signs

May 6, 2008 at 16:49 | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

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Barrow was an iron town before it was a shipbuilding town – the latter being a consequence of the the former – and it was for a time the biggest iron town in the world.

Many of the original street name plates made of local cast iron still survive (all the same, far too many have been replaced with bland, could-be-anywhere signs). These are on Walney, where housing was built for shipyard workers and the streets bear the names of ships built at Vickers. So many of them bear names from the classics, or otherwise thundering with late-Victorian pomp.

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  1. I like that they still use some of the old street signs. Great history there!

  2. What an absolute gem this picture is. It’s of great Historical significance.

  3. The old styled street names are much better than the dull tinplate ones they make now.

  4. They’re gorgeous. I love cast iron. Of course, try using those here and they’ll just get stolen for sure.


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