Gladstone Terrace

Victorian Terrace House Signage

After seeing a social media posting bemoaning the fact that the town’s Victorian terrace house signage had been allowed to deteriorate the Society felt that this was a project worth investigating.

Many of the properties had been built by two brothers – Thomas & William Hamilton – who named their terraces after American and Canadian places they had visited on a holiday tour.

Accordingly two Committee members toured the town listing all such signs and the task of raising funds to reinstate the signs, known as Project 2019,  began.

It was estimated that around £10,000 would be needed but the Society were fortunate in engaging a Master Sign Writer to undertake the task who was in fact not registered for VAT.

Generous members, local businesses and three District Councillors contributed to the fund and the work of renovating 19 signs was completed in 2020. However, three local residents refused to have their signs repainted!

One of the repainted signs, that of Gladstone Terrace, can be seen above.