Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Zodiac, Weston-Super-Mare

There are all sorts of Victorian treasures to spot above ground level in Weston-Super-Mare, but I'm a little baffled by this one. Above a shop in West Street are Aries and Taurus, illustrated with appropriate reliefs; to either end the banners state that the building dates from 'A.D. 1869'.

I haven't found any information about this facade, so have no idea why the signs of the zodiac; why those particular signs; or who chose them. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to learn more!


Philip Wilkinson said...

What was the shop? Are those butchers' tools, and if so, was it owned by a butcher who choose these signs of the zodiac simply because his job was chopping up sheep (or rams) and cattle?

CarolineLD said...

Oh, that would make sense. I must try to find an old trade directory.

finney said...

Looks like No 28 West street which in the 1920,s was the Cogle bros, In 1943 the business was sold by auction.
Telephone directory for 1948 give Reynolds Ltd (somerset),
I have a photo but it does not show the mouldings above

Unknown said...

The shop is Number 13 . Not 28 , how do I know ? , we rent it , and are keen to find its history , I too thought butcher , but where the Taurus and Aries come from ?

CarolineLD said...

If you do find out more, I'd love to know!

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