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Mike, Ellie and I spent a very enjoyable August bank holiday weekend in the unbelievably beautiful city of Bath. It is such a photogenic place, especially with sunshine and blue skies making the ubiquitous oolitic limestone glow. I had a feeling that there would be a lot of ghost signs in Bath and it is a ghost sign enthusiast’s heaven! Though I might have stretched the definition a bit. Apparently there are around 160 examples in the city, I discovered when we got home, but over 2 days we found 30. Some remain surprisingly clear, others less so and some are palimpsests, where newer text has been superimposed on old text beneath. I’d be interested if anyone can shed any light on the less clear examples. It was also interesting  to find three Sun Fire insurance plaques, one of which I saw in Spitalfields, London some time ago. They started after the Fire of London (1666) and indicated that the owner had purchased cover, which meant a fire at the property would be attended by the local ‘fire brigade’ … in theory reassuring, although not very useful in practice if your neighbours hadn’t bought into the scheme, nor with the limited resources available for putting out a fire of any size I suspect …