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Historic find is a sign of the times
Tuesday 1st April 2014 @ 10:03 by Lisa B
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A sign dating back more than 100 years could have looked out over Glossop town centre for the last time.

Work to turn the former Finlay McKinlay chemists into a betting shop revealed a name sign that went  up before 1911.

But moves to preserve it as part of Glossop’s history failed as removing it proved impossible.

DISAPPEARED: The shop before the transformation with the 100-year-old sign.

DISAPPEARED: The shop before the transformation with the 100-year-old sign.

The Chronicle contacted the William Hill organisation when the sign was exposed during a £230,000 refurbishment.

The company, hoping to open the High Street West office in the next few days, has carried out a sympathetic transformation of the listed building.

A spokesman said they had tried to preserve many of the old shop’s features, intimating they would be willing for the sign to be saved.

We alerted Glossop Heritage Trust director Mike Brown, who rushed down to see if a rescue act was possible. Unfortunately it wasn’t.

“It would been impossible to take off,” said Mike.

“It must have been put up pre-1911 and was replaced in the 1930s by another (black and white perspex) sign.”

The new William Hill name sign went up over the weekend, but the old Finlay McKinlay sign did not end up a skip.

The betting shop board went up on top of it.

Who knows, one day it might be visible again?

by David Jones