Commercial property

Sign of the times – refurbishment reveals Victorian signage

Written by Peter Davison on .

Food Magpie 19-21 Wood Street Swindon


The refurbishment of a restaurant in Swindon's Old Town has revealed the signage of the occupier who traded there around 150 years ago.

Work at the former Helen Browning’s Chop House at 19-21 Wood Street has revealed the original Victorian glass signage of Green & Co Dispensing Chemists, to the delight of the new tenant, who has had it cleaned and restored.

From early December the premises will trade as delicatessen, café, and store Food Magpie. A new Food Magpie logo will be added to the main window below in a sympathetic style.

The restaurant was let in a deal brokered by commercial property agent Alder King.

James Gregory, partner at Alder King, said: “The challenges facing many of the well-known names on our high streets have been well-reported but it’s very encouraging to see the level of activity from independent retailers and restauranteurs.

“This unit – situated in a prime location on one of Old Town’s finest streets - attracted a lot of interest, so much so that we invited best bids to secure the best outcome for our client.

"It’s great to see the property being fitted out ready to trade once the lockdown is lifted and to see the original signage. We wish Liz and Sarah every success.”

The unit provides 1,032 sq ft of ground floor accommodation and has been taken on a new 10 year lease.