Uncovered in Kentish Town
Another old shop sign uncovered by renovation work - this is on Fortess Road in Kentish Town, about a hundred yards or so from the tube station.
There is something bitter sweet about signs re-emerging after decades submerged, and then being covered again by the waters of time.
I've been able to find out nothing about the business - can anyone help?
LATER: Bill Ellson has been in touch to say: 'Evan J Evans married Jane T Laird in London in 1932. The newsagents in Fortress Road appears in the Telephone Directory from 1933 until 1964. They had two sons. The family lived above the shop.'
LATER STILL: Really good news - it looks like E.J. Evans is going to have an afterlife. The new shop sign doesn't cover the old sign but nicely complements the original.
AND DO READ THE COMMENTS (BY HITTING THE COMMENTS TAB AT THE TOP) - SEVERAL ARE FROM DESCENDANTS OF E.J. EVANS!
I've posted to the Ghostsigns Twitter and Facebook to see if anyone there knows anything. Lovely find. http://www.ghostsigns.co.uk
Evan J Evans married Jane T Laird in London in 1932. The newsagents in Fortress Road appears in the Telephone Directory from 1933 until 1964. They had two sons. The family lived above the shop.
Thanks so much for this Bill - I will incorporate your comments into the main article. A
Evan J and Jane (Taylor Laird) Evans' children were named David (b 1932) and Eluned (b 1936), the latter is a girls' name.
Hi everyone, We've also uncovered the tongue and groove ceiling inside, original window hooks and lovely cornice work in the rear section of the shop. Pop in for a coffee on the House, Andrew.
There were a number of Welsh shop keepers, often dairy or grocers, who came to London after the first world war, during the 1920s & '30s. The son of one such family tells me that this was because there were so few prospects then, in parts of Wales.
Hi Andrew and all
sorry Ackland Burghley!!!
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