god's own junkyard
God's Own Junkyard. Waltham Forest. Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, London E17 9HQ.
God's Own Junkyard is a museum and workshop devoted to neon signs. It was created by Chris Bracey, who in the 1970s joined his father's firm, based in Walthamstow, which made illuminated signs for circuses and fairgrounds. Chris decided to move into making neon signs. He produced from his workshop many of the signs for Soho clubs, including the famous Girls, Girls, Girls sign for Paul Raymond's Revuebar.
In the 80s, Chris moved on to create neon signs for film sets, including Blade Runner and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. He also collected and restored vintage neon signs, accumulating a colletion of more than 700 signs in his Walthamstow workshop museum. Chris Bracey died in 2014, but God's Own Junkyard continues, under the care of his widow Linda and their sons.
God's Own Junkyard, which includes a cafe, is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am.