Ghost Signs of Twickenham

Twickenham’s glory days. Are they behind us, do they still lie ahead? Or are they actually right now? Whatever the answer, we predict that in years to come, with the benefit of hindsight, we’ll look back with a sense of nostalgia at how we imagined the future would turn out. But before we do that, we thought a quick tour of Twickenham’s past would be in order. We don’t mean the obvious signs such as historic buildings but rather the ones that got away – old adverts, road signs referring to a long dead borough and even fire hydrant covers. Below is a selection. It’s almost certainly not complete but feel free to point us to more of Twickenham’s ‘ghost signs’ and we’ll add them in.

Lipton sign - York Street

Lipton sign – York Street

Twickenham Borough Council - fire hydrant

Twickenham Borough Council – fire hydrant

Changing signs, changing times. Staines Road

Changing signs, changing times. Beef tea & chicken broth on Staines Road

Twickenham Urban District Council - RIP

Twickenham Urban District Council – RIP

Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough Association

Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough Association

Middlesex says no to bill posting [Bridge over River Crane, London Rd]

Middlesex says no to bill posting
Bridge over River Crane, London Rd

Colne Road, Twickenham. Now flats. Brandon's Brewery operated from 1800 to 1920 (apparently)

Colne Road, Twickenham. Now flats. Brandon’s Brewery operated from 1800 to 1920 (apparently)

Gates to the long gone Twickenham Park in St Margarets

Gates to the long gone Twickenham Park in St Margarets

Borough of Twickenham - RIP

Borough of Twickenham – RIP

For all your bacon requirements. RIP [Corner of May Road & Colne Road]

For all your bacon requirements. RIP
Corner of May Road & Colne Road.  (Update 2017: possibly now cleaned off)

How many of those had you seen before? And what have we missed out?

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6 responses to “Ghost Signs of Twickenham

  1. Some of these would be great to contribute to the borough’s ‘Then and now’ archive: http://www.richmond.gov.uk/then_and_now_building_conservation

  2. Purple Haze

    This website is dedicated to this sort of thing. They have some pictures from the local area but only one from Twickenham. Perhaps we can contribute some more?
    http://paintedsignsandmosaics.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/St%20Margarets

  3. There’s a few Brandons emblems. One on the Three Kings I think.

  4. Dawny

    Mmm, beef tea. Yum!

  5. There’s one next to the St Margaret’s pub… Oh what’s it for?? I forget….