The writings on the wall.

Its wasn’t the first book to roll off the local Akeman Press but Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott’s ‘Ghost Signs of Bath‘ was an important and unusual addition to local history when it was published in 2016.


It’s all about those faded advertisements for long defunct businesses you can still spot when you are out and about in the city and we happen to have one of the largest collections in the UK!

Now it looks as if the pair may have to consider a second addition as current work on a building in Beau Street has revealed a new ‘window’ into the past.

This used to be The Horse and Jockey. Can you make out the lettering?

Underneath paint and plaster a message from long ago the the building was a pub.

Kirsten told me:

“We’ve deciphered the ghost sign as Lamb Brewery Frome which is quite
exciting to us! The Horse and Jockey was owned by them at one time. ”

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This is the ‘Brewery’ bit!

Meanwhile, our Mr Swift is doing a walk on WW1 for Toppings on Sunday 21st October – details on the Toppings website at

Then he’s joined by Kirsten for three talks at the Chapter One Pub, on 24th October, 7th November and 28th November at 7.30pm. These are about Bath pubs.

24th October Andrew talking about Pubs and Breweries of the London Road and Larkhall.

7th November Kirsten talking about A Trip down the Local – this will be about how communities use and have used their pubs. We thought just calling it Community pubs – How people use them sounded a bit academic.

28th November Andrew talking about Bath’s Lost Beerhouses.

Cost £6 on the door, £15 to pre-book all three, £5.50 for individual ones pre-booked.