Signs by Umberto

Traditional signwriter based between West Yorkshire and Manchester specialising in reverse glass signs and gold leaf application.

All work © of Robert Walker - owner of Signs by Umberto.

Artwork except Knuckle on the pages Record Sleeves and Reading are not the work of Signs by Umberto and are on display only to showcase the inspiration to the sign writing.

All images copyright of Robert Walker 2017

The Zetland public house.

Updated: Jan 11, 2019


Appearing on maps in 1890 was the Zetland Arms at the bottom of Queen Street South in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK.


Situated across the street from my studio, this local landmark once known as The Amsterdam Bar in the 1970's has an iconic carved stone name plate above it's door with typography carved into a perspective apex.







Now a student house divided into flats on the corner of a one way system.


Presumably named after the Zetland Mills that once occupied the site further up the street now owned by The University of Huddersfield and soon to be the new department for the creative arts.




At the top of Queen Street South also stood the mighty Zetland Hotel - appears on maps 1851- 1890 now a grade 2 listed building.