Faded Greenwich

A new occasional series today, completely inspired by – and, indeed, a shameless homage to the very wonderful Faded London which never seems to make it over this way, so I don’t feel too bad about borrowing the idea, whilst at the same time urging you to enjoy the original…

Faded London, for those of you that don’t already know it, is all about ghost signs. Those wonderful old (usually advertising) painted slogans on walls that have, after 100 years or so, almost faded to nothing.

We have quite a few round here, but I’m not going to blow them all at once. This is mainly because I haven’t got around to photographing them all yet. Or, actually, any of them – I never seem to have a camera with me when I see them. So I’m starting with the only one I have a picture of so far.

Moores, who apparently sold hosiery to the ladies of Westcombe Park on the corner of Humber Road and Westcombe Hill, was happily situated in that the shop had a giant blind wall, ideal for a giant advert.

Selling calicoes, curtains and linens, and, I’m sure, loads of other stuff that’s now totally disappeared, it was clearly (or maybe I should say unclearly) a useful store – the kind of which has all but disappeared now. I was in Romford market recently chatting to a fabric seller who used to have a shop in Trafalgar Road. He told me about the variety of retailers Greenwich used to have. It was a depressing conversation.

I know nothing about Moores- when it was operative, when it died or who owned it, though Neil Rhind says that it was a Farmer Moore who sold his land to John Julius Angerstein in the early 19th Century – maybe it was one of his relatives set up in trade.

I’ll add to this series as and when I get around to taking some more pics. In the meanwhile I’m always happy to hear about stuff I might not already know…

One Comment to “Faded Greenwich”

  1. Nick Martin says:

    That’s a strange one….. in 1901 at 72 Westcombe Hill lived the Moore family. William Moore, born in Woolwich in 1866, wife Elizabeth, born in Woolwich in 1867, and 4 sons, William, Cyril, Harry & Arthur. William’s youngest son (2) was born in Charlton, but the next oldest (Harry, 5) was born in Weymouth, so they hadn’t been in Westcombe Hill for long. And, even more confusing, William (Snr) is listed as an Electrical Engineer, no mention of a shop. By 1911, there is no record of the Moores living in that part of Westcombe Hill at all. I think the Moores who started that shop must have arrived there post-1911.