A thank you to Barry Wall for setting the record straight regarding the history of the frontage of the Anchor public house and to all those who have shown their support for the new shop fascia and for how it has smartened up that section of Market Hill and Friars Street.
With regard to our application to remove the hanging sign, Barry has shown that it is of no great historical interest.
In fact, my proposal to remove the sign and replace it with sign writing on the masonry is in keeping with a 1925 photograph when the building was known as the The Anchor Hotel.
You can see this photograph on the counter inside the shop and also blown up as a large-scale graphic on the changing room doors.
Those with a beady eye will also note the seats made from beer barrels and our current window display featuring a mock bar setting.
It is always a shame when a pub closes, but I have been at pains throughout this process to be sensitive to the history of this building, both in alterations to the interior and the exterior.
I have even called the shop “Javelin at the Anchor” and I wish this name to be prominently written on the fascia.