This is the side of a 19th century smithy on Hopes Carr in Stockport and like many ghost signs this one may soon have faded to a point that there is little left to see.
And that is a shame because ghost signs are often all that is left of a business or product which were once household names.
But I bet there is someone who does or can pick out the now very faded name and with that will come a story.
Looking at the 1912 map of Stockport I am struck at the contrast between Hopes Carr then and now and leads me to think that once the sign is identified there could be a shed load more to say about both the smithy and Hopes Carr,
But for now I shall just make that appeal for any one with easy access to the street directories or better still memories of the place.
Location, Hopes Carr, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Pictures; ghost sign and building on Hopes Carr, 2015 from the collection of Graham Gill and detail of Hoes Carr from the Cheshire OS, 1904-1910, courtesy of Digital Archives Association, http://digitalarchives.co.uk/