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 some surviving metal signs attached to buildings.


Walton Manor
South Oxford
East Oxford
Central Oxford

Shops whose names survive in the stonework

Pupil Teachers' Centre

There are other stone inscriptions that recollect the former use of non-comercial buildings. They 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