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Oxford Ghost Signs: Blencowe (grocer) at 20 Kingston Road


Blencowe sign

This ghost sign at 20 Kingston Road reads:

J. G. BLENCOWE

CORN FACTOR

PASTRY COOK, GROCER
AND
CONFECTIONER

Championship Prize & Silver Medallist 1926

H O V I S [down the right hand side]

John George Blencowe whose name is on this sign died in 1892, but in 1926 (34 years after his death) the following advertisement (presumably sponsored by Hovis) was added to the side brickwork, and is still legible today: 

 

For more on John George Blencowe and this shop,
see his biography on the website of
St Sepulchre's Cemetery

Stephanie Jenkins