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Restoration Painting to Iconic Bile Beans Sign

Bagnalls | 12 November

Before the days of billboards, adverts were painted directly onto the sides of houses and shops in prominent locations, however, very few have survived. The York Civic Trust appealed to the local community for funds to pay for the repainting of the iconic Bile Beans sign on Lord Mayor’s Walk in York.Bagnalls was asked to undertake the restoration project and worked closely with the technical experts of Crown Paints to match the colours accurately so that the sign could look exactly as it did when it was first painted. The works required the specialist skills of a sign-writer employed by Bagnalls to bring the advert back to life. The sign now returned to its former glory proudly advertises its message once more as a cure for biliousness, headaches, indigestion, constipation and sallow complexion,to name but a few of its wondrous restorative properties.

Written by Carey Inman-Harrison



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