Oxford Ghost Signs

The definition of a ghost sign varies: purists would say that it is an obsolete, faded, hand-painted advertising sign on the brickwork of a building that has probably long had another use: What is a Ghost Sign? (PDF) goes into far more detail. The list below is less strict and includes engraved stonework and metal signs attached to commercial buildings.


Lion Brewery Gates

Central Oxford
East Oxford
South Oxford
West Oxford
North Oxford (including Walton Manor and Summertown)
Brewery signs

Pupil Teachers' Centre

There are other stone inscriptions that show the former use of non-commercial buildings that are not included here, but many of these can be found in the Schools and Inscriptions sections of this website.

Left: Example in New Inn Hall Street

More ghost signs in Oxford by Owen Massey McKnight

Stephanie Jenkins