A ghost in Wolverhampton

Week 23

Now for some more photos from my recent trip to the West Midlands, particularly the former Springfield Brewery site in Wolverhampton. This has been the subject of what seems an endless series of redevelopment proposals, but not a great deal has happened, as we shall see over the next few weeks. I began by walking down the canal to the west of the site, the better to see the famous wall and its ghostly lettering (it once overlooked the low-level railway). Indeed only by doing this is it possible to see the date on which the latest version was painted, August 1959, on a couple of bricks beside the canal bridge. Across the road at the northern end of the site is the poor old Waggon & Horses, with its handsome tiled sign – possibly the brewery tap? And back across the road are another couple of painted signs for the brewery. The weather was not good for photography – so beware Londoners, I’m doing a photo trip to London this coming weekend, so expect rubbish weather if past performance is anything to go by!

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