Looking back: Hidden treasures found across Morecambe and Lancaster

Animal Care shop in Market Street, Lancaster. David Chandler.
Animal Care shop in Market Street, Lancaster. David Chandler.
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Vintage art and decor from a bygone age can still be found discovered the resort.

Mosaics still survive in the entrances of shops, offices and public buildings across Morecambe and Lancaster.

The mosaics were very much in fashion during the Victorian and Edwardian periods, with a real craze occurring in the 1930s.

Although many of the shops and businesses have changed hands since the mosaics were created, many live on as ‘ghost signs’ – reminders of previous inhabitants and businesses which are now long gone.

How many more there are hidden away under layers of concrete, plastic or carpet, which may one day be uncovered?

The first picture shows the mosaic from the Animal Care shop in Market Street, Lancaster.

Meeting House Restaurant on Meeting House Lane, Lancaster. David Chandler.

Meeting House Restaurant on Meeting House Lane, Lancaster. David Chandler.

The second picture shows the mosaic from DK Warehouse store on Central Promenade, Morecambe.

The final two show the mosaics from the St John’s Hospice shop on Princes Crescent, Morecambe and the Meeting House Restaurant on Meeting House Lane, Lancaster.

Most mosaics are made of small, flat, square, pieces of stone or glass of different colours, known as tesserae. Some, especially floor mosaics, may also be made of small round pieces of stone and called are pebble mosaics.

If you know of any other mosaics in the area and would like to share your discoveries please email gemma.sherlock@jpress.co.uk.

DK Warehouse store on Central Promenade, Morecambe. David Chandler.

DK Warehouse store on Central Promenade, Morecambe. David Chandler.

St John's Hospice shop on Princes Crescent, Morecambe. David Chandler.

St John's Hospice shop on Princes Crescent, Morecambe. David Chandler.