Settle / Dent / + Barnard's Farm, Essex!
Settle is a
pleasant market town in Yorkshire in a
splendid setting. Possibly best know as one end of the Settle to Carlisle
railway line (which actually starts in Leeds),
the town rewards the casual visitor with the eccentric (a phone box art
gallery - one of the 'K6' red phone boxes, of course, designed by Sir
Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V
in 1935), historic (the Museum of North Craven Life in the fine
building called The Folly), nostalgic (the restored railway station)
and the picturesque (the whole surrounding landscape: rivers,
mountains, caves and dales). All these images date from spring 2010.
Two small lanes trickle down from the Market Place and halfway down one
is this delightful survivor:
Dealer in Tea & Coffee'
cottage door (similar to the 'Dealer in Coffee &
Teas' seen further up
the Settle-Carlisle line in Appleby-in-Westmoreland).
This emphasises the importance of a dealer in these luxury items in
The market place itself has several tea shops, but the most striking is:
boasts a bakery. The huge 'Olde Englishe'
lettering over the bakery entrance door draws the attention away from
the pierced ironwork naked man halfway down which is lit by its own top
light. The figure picked out in black against the dazzling white stucco
holds what seems to be an early version of pair of 'Y' fronts to
conceal his nether regions which are painted white with the black
Naked Man Cafe'
On the other side of the Market Place can be found two lettering
stands in relief in its
own raised cartouche, although painted in light grey against the white
background and vying with a large tradesman's advertisement board mean
that it is not obvious. We don't think that a bank still exists in this
the cast iron 'CHEAPSIDE' street sign opposite
the old Town Hall (now
Information Centre, but with a fine lettered frosted glass door, which
we didn't capture). The sign is satisfyingly battered and chipped with
its decorative border, on its local stone wall, sheltering below an
our page on Filey/Scarborough/Pickering/Glaisdale,
A trip up the
Settle-Carlisle line, over the famous Ribble Head viaduct, and the
train flies over more vertiginous viaducts to reach Dent Station. The
highest main line station in Britain, they say. It's fair walk to the
village of Dent which although in the North Yorkshire Moors National
Park is actually in Cumbria. Through the cobbled main street,
we find The George & Dragon Hotel which doubles as the Dent Brewery
Tap proudly displaying a cast iron Cyclists
'CTC' sign. Shown to the left of
the front door in the image below, the close-up shows that it is
reasonable condition. Cyclists in this mountainous landscape need to be
made of stern stuff.
Barnards Farm, Essex
See also the CTC sign in
Upper Brook Street in Ipswich
and (below) another one discovered in 2010 at Barnards Farm in Essex
bought at an auction in Buxton by the owner and now sits proudly - and
in very good nick - above a reconsruction of a period
bicycle/engineering shop. The word accross the top of the circle:
'QUARTERS' indicates that cyclists could be accomodated overnight. We
have passed both of these on to the CTC
site, see Links.
to Historic Lettering from outside
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