How do I remove the text from this image please?

I have tried using clone tool but it is very messy. I have Gimp on a Mac.

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Wow. I'd love to know exactly where that was*. I used to live (35 years ago) in Oulton, right next door to Woodlesford. I don't recall ever seeing that on my travels, presumably long demolished.

Gimp has a plugin called Resynthesizer, which can be used as a 'heal' tool. It's included in the build if you use the version of Gimp from https://www.partha.com which one of the senior members here (Billy Kerr) pointed me to just recently. I certainly feels more Mac-like than the regular Gimp build & seems to be a good bit faster at some operations.

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Here's what I got from Gimp - at which I'm not particularly practised. You could probably do better with a bit more effort.

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In Photoshop you'd use Content-Aware Fill to do a similar job

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Just for fun, I had a quick go at removing some of the the vignette & "de-crunching" it a bit… It's not perfect, but the original is very crunchy.

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*Now solved - Google Maps link - nothing left any more :\
… with apologies to the rest of the world who won't give a d@mn where the picture was taken ;)

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    I was about to write an answer, but you beat me to it. +1 anyway ;)
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Dec 12, 2020 at 12:27
  • Maybe just a note here, if installing Partha's MacGIMP seems like too much trouble, or if you are using GIMP on Windows/Linux, you can just download the plugin from the post in the gimp-forum here: gimp-forum.net/… - and put the Python files in your GIMP plugins folder, and restart GIMP.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Dec 12, 2020 at 12:30
  • @BillyKerr - It's actually dead simple - it's literally drag & drop to the Apps folder, there's no 'install' process at all, it's self-contained.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 12, 2020 at 12:35
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    Many thanks Tetsujin. Now on this page. newwoodlesford.xyz/gallery/light-industries/glenoit
    – bensoh10
    Commented Dec 12, 2020 at 13:32
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    I was about to say that couldn't necessarily be done, when Tetsujin's Answer proved the point, in spades. For most Users in most cases at least one of Tetsujin's examples will be successful beyond the wildest dream. Even so, for the pedantic perfectionist, it can't be done. Personally, I'd be more than happy with Tetsujin! Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 17:52

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