Cornhill Quarter brings back retro ‘ghost sign’-inspired murals

A nod to the past for a modern day city centre, Lincoln’s Cornhill Quarter looks set to get its own vintage-style hand painted sign to greet visitors.

Under plans lodged to the City of Lincoln Council, the sign would adorn the space above 9-12 Cornhill at roof level.

Helping to further shape the £70 million regeneration of the area, the hand painted mural would welcome visitors while also signifying a throwback to old ‘ghost signs’.

The plan follows a similar signage design to the recently completed car park walkway.

But, it would not be the first nod to retro painted advertising in the newly regenerated Cornhill Quarter.

The 1930s themed bar and restaurant Cosy Club adorns a selection of quaint signs, a throwback to the city’s old indoor market.

Five ghost signs behind the bar at Cosy Club. Picture: Cosy Club.

Adverts were often painted by hand onto the sides of buildings in the 1920s and 30s. The painted advertisements can still be found across the country, albeit faded and offering services that no longer exist.

‘Ghost signs’ as they are now affectionately known have quite a following and spotters have filled websites with their favouite sightings

In Lincoln, the new signage submitted to the city council will come as part of the ever growing Cornhill development.

As well as the Cosy Club, an Everyman Cinema, The Botanist cocktail bar and new gym will join the list of firms to be added to the Cornhill.

A public square will also be developed as part of the plans.

Under the public realm proposal, the Co-op said there will be a “significant transformation” for both Sincil Street and Cornhill Pavements.


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