GEORGICS V puzzle

September 14, 2018

Georgics V
Steve has sent me a picture of a dog sign that looks the same age as the one put on the blog 2 days ago. He found it between Bella Napoli and Frend & Co Jewellers.
Georgics V
Then to trump that he also sent a sign, above the Fatface shop, that could have been left from the Coronation of King George V in 1911. The Latin for George V that appeared on coins from 1911 was GEORGIVS V. (I am not sure why a ‘C’ rather than a ‘V’ is used on the sign.)
Georgics V
This is a detail from a larger Coronation picture from 1911 taken in Abingdon where the crowd could be gathered for the bun throwing, or perhaps for the moment when people first joined in ‘God Save the King’ for George V.
Georgics V
And here is an advert for A.H.Simpson & Son – Tailors and Outfitters from about that time, as it appeared in the Hooke’s Abingdon Almanack.
Georgics V
The building is now the premises of FATFACE Abingdon, where the facade of the upper two storeys have not changed much in over 100 years, but no longer copy the arches of the lower floor.

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6 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. newcomer  |  September 15, 2018 at 10:06 am

    What philistine thought that a shopfront would be an improvement on the original arched ground-floor frontage of the current Fatface?

  • 2. ppjs  |  September 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    A member of the same philistine group that thought (thinks) that Fatface is a nice name for a shop. But, as Daniel would point out, the flowers are lovely.

    BTW I thin the blue letter are simply evidence of the white letters being plastic and having detached.

    Georgics V is at the back of what passes for my brain. The Roman poet Virgil wrote four books of Georgics (about agriculture and the like) and I think Georgics V is an oblique and wry reference, but it all escapes me now.

  • 3. ant  |  September 15, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I feel that some form of reference to Virgil’s Georgics is too abstruse, but I like the idea of it being a left-over from the 1911 celebrations. It is not there on some of the late C19 photographs of the building but I have not yet pinned down exactly when it did appear.

  • 4. ppjs  |  September 15, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I agree, Ant; I don’t think the sign refers to a Roman poet, but to the allusion of “Georgics V” which I have seen somewhere else and cannot now remember.

  • 5. Daniel  |  September 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you ppjs; I was just about to say…

    Won’t be long now before those flowers will be past their best so are all ripped up and chucked … before any of us mere residents get our grubby little mitts on them for our own gardens.

    But, they do look wonderful none the less…and so Abingdon continues to be A-OK.

  • 6. ant  |  September 17, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    The Georgics sign is not there is a 1909 photo – see ‘Abingdon Past and Present’ page 19. I am coming round to the George V coronation idea.

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