There seems to be a growing interest in ghost signs: the internet is full of blogs and sites dedicated to the faded and forgotten signs painted onto sides of buildings. The search for such signs is the kind of passion that is sufficiently eccentric to appeal to people who have nothing better to do - people just like myself. Here is my first contribution to what I hope will be a growing portfolio. The building is on the junction of Yorkshire Street and Penn Street in Rochdale and I am not sure who G L Adamson was. The chances are that, whoever he was, he didn't buy gold.