Some of you may know others won't that i served my apprenticeship as a signwriter which i was lucky enough to do at one of the largest breweries in the world at that time, I found it fascinating that such a trade could cover so many varied jobs and tasks not just painting signs by hand but gilding, refurbishing old vehicles and carriages and pinstriping, unfortunately as advancements were made in graphics and such the job became a dying trade the brewery went through vast changes and unfortunately many skilled workers including Coopers and Coppersmiths all lost their jobs. This past weekend i visited what was once one of those workshops where i was lucky enough to work as it now forms part of a museum and has been turned into a very unique restaurant.
I couldn't believe how much the place had changed from the last time i was in here, the upper floor level in the second image didn't exist and has since been installed as further seating for the restraunt.
Virtually all of the walls were adorned with old hand painted and enamelled signs from every year.
Along with many different locally made beautiful clocks all of which added to the charm of the place, there were also many paintings and photographs from the turn of the century showing these skilled men at work these i have not uploaded due to © reasons .... This place formed an important part of my artistic creativity not only by learning new things, but more importantly learning them from skilled men who had also been taught by skilled men themselves the brewery was founded in 1777 and had always painted its own livery on its own vehicles from horse drawn drays to modern transportation. Have a great week everyone. Tony.