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Ghostsigns of Holloway – hand-painted history on the walls of N7

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Holloway

Nags Head area

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N7 0RN

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Let's go on a ghost hunt...

Come and investigate some ghosted or faded signs of the past, that are today commonly referred to as 'ghostsigns' – these were advertisements painted directly onto walls before the invention of large format printing and light boxes. Today's faded signs are the ghosts of products or companies that are now only to be found in history books.

There is a very good cross-section of ghostsigns the London N7 area, especially along Holloway Road, a major route from the City of London to The North with many thousands of people passing through every day making the road a perfect conduit for advertisements and signage.

Wall ads were commissioned both by well-known companies to sell their branded products and by local businesses keen to attract passing trade. The signs would have been hand-painted by specialist, skilled craftsmen, often using the lines in the brickwork as guides for the size of the letterforms as shown in the example I have created for this header pic (which uses part of an old sign that you will see along the tour).

We will look at more than ten examplesyou'll hear about the businesses, brands and people behind the signs, and you'll also see some other types of ghost signs of the past embedded into masonry or ironwork.

The walk lasts 90 minutes and finishes five minutes from Highbury Corner, convenient for many bus services and Highbury and Islington tube station, plus lots of food and drink opportunities for after-walk contemplation and relaxation.

Customer review on TripAdvisor:
"My 3rd walk with Jane and the best yet. Nice group and interesting subject. Jane has this knack of engaging well with her audience. She's fun to be with and very knowledgeable."

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The specific meeting point will be on your ticket

Please note that online sales end one hour before the tour commences.
For last-minute bookings or updates please call me prior to the tour start time on 07941 475003.

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To see all my walks just search "janeslondon" within Eventbrite
Or visit www.janeslondonwalks.com

• Art Deco (Holloway/Arsenal)
• Ghostsigns / Bygone Brands & Businesses (Camden/Holloway/Angel/KX/Archway)
• The Oxford Street of The North (Holloway in the late Victorian and Edwardian period)
• Inns and Taverns (Islington – various)
• The Estate We're In (social housing and philanthropy)
• The Only Way Is Essex Road (historical innovations and highlights)
• Green and Pleasant Islington (open spaces and hidden places)
And more!

Footprints of London website

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FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is no minimum age – children aged 5 or younger are welcome at no charge.
However, please note that all other children up to age 15 must be accompanied by an adult – one child per paying adult.

Where exactly does this tour start?

Details of the meeting point will be on your ticket.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please don't waste time and resources printing out your ticket.
I will have a list of attendees on the day, although it would be wise to make a note of your booking reference

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

As you can appreciate, transfers/reassignments do not apply to those who just do not show up.

However, in cases of illness or unforseen circumstances I will be happy to transfer your booking to another of my walks on another date as long as you let me know at least two hours before your booked walk is due to start.

Alternatively ... perhaps you might be able to offer your ticket to a friend ... please see the next question...

Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

This is fine – just email/text me the name of the person who will be taking your place.

Is this tour suitable for wheelchairs?

The walk will be mostly on standard pavements and should not pose any problems further to those experienced on an average high street.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email: jane@janeslondon.com
Mobile: +44(0)7941 475003

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Holloway

Nags Head area

London

N7 0RN

United Kingdom

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