London Ghost Signs Map

Coming Soon - Ghost Signs: A London Story

Over the last six months I’ve been working with Sam (Mr Ghostsigns) Roberts on producing a book documenting London’s Ghost Signs. Our Kickstarter project has now completed and the book should be available before the end of the year. You can pre-order via Isola Press’s website.

Read more here.

This map shows the location of over 750 London ghost signs – the fading remains of old painted advertising signs. You can read more about ghostsigns here.

The red markers show the ghost signs I’ve photographed, the green markers are those I still have to do and the blue markers are for ghost signs that no longer exist.

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If you click on a marker, a panel will open with information for some of the ghost signs. If it shows a photo then clicking on this will show the full image (some ghost signs have more than one photo).

Some of the green markers show images that I’ve linked to from posts on Twitter. I mistakenly thought that these images would link back to the original Twitter post, but Google has grabbed the images and doesn’t give a back-link. My apologies to anyone whose images I’ve inadvertently used without a credit. They will eventually be replaced as I photograph more of the signs myself. The majority of these images are by Alistair Macmenemey – a great ghost sign spotter. My thanks to him.

If you see any new ghost signs that you think should be added to the map then tag me on Twitter with a location for the sign (as accurate as possible please) and maybe a photo as well.

As part of my research into the history of ghost signs I've also been working on some graphic reconstructions to show how they might once have looked. You can see some examples on my blog.

You can see my full collection of ghost sign photos in this album on Flickr.