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Ghost Signs (120): Alabaster

By Carolineld @carolineld
This sign in Welling, like the previous one in Tottenham Court Road, isn't really a ghost sign as it's not painted onto the wall. Instead, the lettering is embossed - and sadly, some has been obscured while the rest is behind a newer sign. However, the first two lines are clearly visible.
Ghost signs (120): Alabaster
At first glance, the sign advertises alabaster, but a closer look reveals that it's for S H Alabaster Ltd, Contractors. Family historian Laraine Hake found out more about the firm: S H was Sidney Herbert Alabaster, a master builder born in about 1886 who built houses in Bexleyheath as well as a swimming pool in Danson Park. Her father remembered childhood visits from Uncle Sid in his Vauxhall tourer, bearing Christmas goodies and a bottle of whisky. Sid's nephew Alf Oram describes meeting this wealthy uncle in the 1920s, when he similarly arrived in a motor car and handed out generous pocket money! 

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