We think of traditional signwriting more for pub or heritage signs but there are so many more applications signwriting can be used for.
Whilst working on one of the hoarding graphics at Westminster Abbey we were ask to help brighten up a temporary 24 meter long tunnel which had been installed for the refurbishment of St Margaret’s Church.
The client wanted to put up some names of famous people buried or memorialised at the Abbey and Church. This would not only help brighten up the tunnel but also be educational too.
As with most projects there are always a few challenges. One for PPM and one for the client! There are over 3300 people buried or memorialised on the site. With so many famous and important people from Royalty and Actors to Scientists and Poets we only had enough space for 150.
We have no doubt there was much debate over who should be included in 150 names but the client managed to get us a final list ready for us to design.
During peak season a queue forms right through the tunnel to get access into the church. Queuing areas especially with students becomes prone to vandalism and graffiti and any lettering using self adhesive vinyl cut graphics could easily be vandalised. I’m sure after a few weeks letters would be removed/moved around to produce some creative but not appropriate words!
This is where the traditional signwriting comes into its own being the only practical solution for this application. Thank you and well done to Mark and his team for produce this colourful and interesting traditional sign written graphics.
A bit about the Abbey
Westminster Abbey has been the site of a monastery since the 8th century but it was the Anglo-Saxon monarch Edward the Confessor who rebuilt it into the Abbey that is the basis of the structure today.
On Edward’s death in 1066 he became the first of a long line of monarchs to be buried there, a tradition that continued into the 19th century when it was superseded by St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The spouse of the ruling monarch, or royal consort, was often buried in the Abbey alongside them.
There are 3, 300 people buried or memorialised at Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church. Here is a link to some of them: http://www.genealogyinengland.com/Information/westminsterfamous.htm