Dead Letters

One of the many local adventures we had during these extraordinary months was a trip to the Embankment with London’s most famous mudlarker Jason Sandy, and a permit is essential.

On this particular excursion (we’ve been lucky enough to have been out with Sandy before) he decided to point out letter press typefaces that have been purposefully discarded over the years by the printers of Fleet Street. Frustrated with the laborious task of sorting out the printers’ tray, workers often preferred to fling the old typefaces into the Thames and start again. The irony was not lost on me, an editor wading through mud looking for words.

We were lucky enough to find 5 pieces – an A, D, 5, C, and can you identify the last character lurking in the dirt?

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