London Ghost Signs Map

This map shows the location of over 850 London ghost signs – the fading remains of old painted advertising signs. You can read more about ghostsigns here.

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The red markers show the ghost signs that are in the book, the green markers are those that aren’t and the blue markers are for ghost signs that no longer exist. The map also has some suggested ghost sign walks.

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.

Ghost Signs: A London Story

Over the last year I’ve been working with Sam (Mr Ghostsigns) Roberts on producing a book documenting London’s Ghost Signs. The book has been printed and is now available via Isola Press’s website.

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.