Five years later the graffiti was gone and the ghost sign for James Crane could be seen in full.
It certainly dates from the last decade (or couple of decades) of the 19th century. James Crane is mentioned in a couple of publications from that period indeed. In October 1894 readers of the London Gazette learnt that James Crane, builder and contractor, of 121, Church Street, Stoke Newington, was bankrupt. Two years later, a notice of intended dividends was published in the London Gazette and reprinted in several professional journals, including Timber and Plywood.
Plimber, Gas & Hot Watter Fitter
Contractor for General Repairs
Location: Church Street