This is Rennies Seaside Modern in 2016
this was our first shopfront - paint colour 'arsenic' ( make of that what you will ), now a shade of 'pigeon'.
Our iron sign bracket was made by Ovendens, local blacksmiths at the harbour and the double
vitreous enamel sign was designed by Lynn Trickett and delivered from Burnham Signs
in the back of an estate car by the owner of the firm!
Our handpainted fascia was painted by local artist and designer, Scarlett Ricard, up a ladder. She used traditional methods
and paints, as used by Carter's Steam Fair.
this is what made us want to be here, a hidden 'ghostsign' on what was formerly an outside wall.
this refers to a previous establishment called English's Fancy Bazaar, which was further up the street.
As with archaeological finds, unable to consolidate the wall, we have covered this in plain plaster,
which means it is preserved.
pre-c.1891 this was an external wall, then incorporated into our house.
Other incarnations, are 1930's Stricklands the Baker, who was here until the 1940s.
(There is still a Stricklands up the Dover Road in Folkestone )
We discovered a couple of old
as well as various scribblings on the wall relating to orders ( a reminder
of our discovery of the scribblings in the basement of French's Dairy 13 Rugby Street).
Around 1902 it was a Ham, Beef & Oyster business belonging to butcher Albert Kemp
The most colourful incumbant of no.47, c.1910 - 1920s was George Karmy who ran the Armenian Bazaar,
selling beads and 'fancy goods'. From the 1920's to the 1930's Mr Fettwell is recorded as running a stationers at no.47.
This elegantly scripted fascia remains underneath our own. Brian Graves ran a photographic studio in the 1980s
Just prior to our residency, there must have been a clandestine kinky clothing
workshop in the basement, as we soon received a letter addressed to:
'Karen Rennie, Clothed in Leather...'
The Old High Street, was termed a 'casbah' by Sir Hugh Casson, who was local
to the area in the 1960s.
Inside, we found the perfect spot for a neon anchor, made in East London to
K's spec. We always wanted a neon sign.
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