Thursday, 29 January 2009

Refit Required

There aren't many buildings in Cheltenham that have their original advertising boards but this ramshackled relic is one. This former shopfitters, on St Georges Place, must date back to the beginning of the last century and the building is really showing its age. Around the top half of the building you can make out wire mesh and bolts that I presume are there to stop it collapsing onto the street below. And the roof isn't in a very good condition, what with plants growing up there. At first I thought that the red brick wall had a doorway in it, but now I realise its a fireplace in a chimney breast, that must have belonged to a long since demolished neighbouring property. It really is in a sorry state. Not a very good advert for shopfitters.
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10 comments:

Hilda said...

It's still in use? It looks dangerous!

I had to look up shopfitting. Thanks for using the word — I just learned something new today. I love precise words :)

Tricia said...

Maybe they should demolish it & start anew!

Babooshka said...

I always read shopfitters as shoplifters. Looks like I was right. I agree sorry state of affairs.

brian said...

i,like babooshka, kept reading 'shoplifter' when i look at the sign =) i like old signage like this on the sides of buildings!

Bibi said...

Like Babooshka, I first read 'shoplifters!'
I'm always saddened to see buildings chopped off; if the other half could only speak.

Mo said...

I'm suprised there is no graffiti on it. Would be very colourful in central London. What plans for it? Do you know?

Lori said...

Like the others above I saw shoplifters! Our eyes play tricks on us I guess. I must look up now what a shopfitter is. A new word for today!

Tash said...

One can see that it must of looked great at one time - it's great for interesting photographs right now.

Tanya said...

LOL for some reason when I read that I saw "shoplifters" and was wondering "what the heck" lol

Hyde DP said...

well well - i thought i was the only one who always misreads shopfitters as shoplifters - seems i'm in good company -- love this kind of shot - was gonna remark on the natty railings but scrolled down here first so will skip commenting up there too.

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