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Older Penrith

Penrith, Cumbria, is remote enough from major population centres to have retained some elements of ye good olde days.

Just look at this Drapers, Costumiers and Milliners. Not to mention Furriers, Dressmakers, Shirt Specialists:-

Old Style Shop Lettering, Penrith

And Carpet, Curtain and Linoleum Furnishing Warehouse:-

Penrith Old Style Shop Lettering

A High Class Drapers no less – and a Silk Mercers, Hosiers and Glovers, Irish Household and Fancy Linen Warehouse:-

Old Style  shop

A real throw-back. Not that most of those trade lines will still be ongoing I’d have thought.

You can see from this the shop front faces on to a square of sorts:-

Old Style  shop front

A bit further on in the town lies this Chemist’s. Cowper’s. 1930s style lettering. I can’t quite decide if the whole is deco or not:-

Cowper Chemist's, Penrith

In St Andrew’s Churchyard lie a good many graves, including the “Giant’s Tombstone”. This is supposedly the grave of Owen Caesarius, king of Cumbria between 900 and 937 AD:-

Giant's Tombstone

Giant’s grave stones:-

Giant's Grave Stones

Giant’s Tombstone in Penrith, Viking hogback stones:-

Giant's Tombstone

A Great War Memorial, Penrith

Penrith’s main War Memorial is, I have subsequently found, in Castle Park but I was parked much nearer the town centre than there. I will look for it the next time I’m in the town.

I did however come across one Great War Memorial in the churchyard of St Andrew’s Church, inscribed, “In proud and grateful memory of the men of Penrith who gave their lives in the War 1914-1918”:-

Penrith Great War Memorial

Reverse of memorial. Inscribed, “As dying and behold we live.”

Reverse of Great War Memorial, Penrith

Just to the side of the memorial was this remembrance “garden.” Presumably for the 100th centenary of the end of the war:-

Great War Remebrance Garden, Penrith.

More Art Deco in Penrith

This is now a B&M Bargains but may once have been a Woolworths. It has that look:-

Art Deco Shop, Penrith

Eden Rural Power:-

Art Deco Building, Penrith

Reverse view. Art Deco rule of three in upper front and lower side windows:-

Penrith Art Deco Building

Doors on the Alhambra Cinema:-

Art Deco Cinema Door, Penrith

Seen in an antique shop/yard. An old advert for Critall Windows, which were the height of Art Deco style. (The link contains all my mentions of Critall Windows):-

Advert for Critall Windows

Burton’s, Penrith

In all our travels down to England we had never stopped at Penrith, Cumbria, till February last year. We also made a stop there in September 2018 when we went down south again. Photographs were taken over the two visits.

It’s a compact town with some individual shops but some chain ones too.

Like many other towns Penrith’s Burton’s building is typically Art Deco:-

Burton's, Penrith

Corner view from south-west:-

Burton's Corner, Penrith

Corner view from north-west:-

Burton's, Penrith, Art Deco Shop

Art Deco detail:-

Art Deco Detailing, Burton's, Penrith

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