A ghost sign should also ideally look like a "ghost" sign, cracked and faded, looking like it might be fading back into the wall, giving its life force to the brickwork.
So, I've had a very fine time of it, out running and walking with my head in the air, trying to find as many examples of ghost signs as I can. I can't remember where they all are, and there's an area of town I've not managed to explore yet. But I've managed to collate a large number of these signs for you, some of which date back to Victorian times I'd say, and reflect both the brewing heritage of the town, and the importance of the Newark Navigation as a commercial waterway.
We do well to keep them in view.
|Uncovered during the renovation of the old Blockbusters, this sign has now been already consigned back to oblivion.|
|Barely legible, but it's there|
|Might have been a greengrocer or florist here|
|The ghost was repainted ready for redevelopment down on the waterway|
|Home of the Navigation pub, unsurprisingly|
|Pelham Street. Exorcised from history.|
|Lombard Street, near Asda|
|Cartergate, site of an old pub|
|A ghost sign for a pub that changed its name, and changed its name back again, thus de-ghosting the ghost|
|Got a feeling this one might have been imported onto this Millgate building|
|The Imperial Hall has been a snooker hall, a nightclub rejoicing in the name of "Bootleggers" and "Lightning Jacks", and now it's just a dark, damp empty space.|