It is a place mostly associated with elite education, privilege and money. It also is pretty good for the urban typography spotter too.  Up the High Street is the town chemist (by Royal Appointment to the House of Windsor too) with its peeling paint and 1970’s illuminated sign above:

There are a couple of old style post boxes in very good condition, one with its removable direction sign – I believe that this is a ‘Type B Edward VIII Model from 1936. Further along is this 1856 Fluted Pillarbox with its vertical slot and rain guard! Apparently quite rare these days!

Although not everything old has been lovingly preserved like this beautifully decaying stand off sign high above street level:

And this metal wall sign on the local garage:

Obviously, there are some lovely old buildings with fine architectural detailing, including these curiously affixed numbers above and the discreet but elegant hand painted labelling of the College buildings which can be found at almost every turn:

And where they are not black on white, they are white on black:

In front of the imposing College Chapel stands a WW2 memorial featuring a a fragment of verse by Old Etonian Thomas Grey, with uncomfortably spaced swash capitals…

Back in the town, the Ex-Servicemen’s club makes a bold statement,

whilst above it, set into a blank window feature is this white stone dedication:

Whilst I couldn’t suppress a childish snigger at the school in his name…

And never walk past a hostelry with your name on it:

LINKS
Eton College
Historic Post Boxes

Eton has some very fine examples of urban typography and is a great place to wander about with a camera.

So what’s in your neighbourhood?

I am putting out a request for contributors for the “my type of… place” section of this blog and would like you to put together your own typographic tour. If you are interested, download the contributors information sheet for more details, ideas and specifications here.

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