2. Kent Village Signs A+B

Kent Village Signs

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Creative Commons License Text by David Anstiss, September 2010 ; This work is dedicated to the Public Domain.
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The Village Signs A + B

Adisham TR227543
TR2254 : Adisham Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Pond Hill. Stupidly placed in a hedge beside the road, opposite a green at the junction of Adisham Street.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book
See also TR2254 : Village sign for Adisham (founded 623 AD).

Appledore TQ955298
TQ9529 : Appledore Village Sign by David Anstiss
On the Street, beside the Recreational Ground. A shield-shaped iron sign, with a painted appletree in the centre.
On the post is a small plaque which reads 'Designed by Nigel Coomber of Appledore. Created by Len Hutton of Bishopsbourne and funded by the residents and friends of the village of Appledore'.
by David Anstiss
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Barham TR207500
TR2050 : Barham Village Sign by David Anstiss
On a large green beside The Street. In the foreground is the River Nailbourne. In the background is St. John the Baptist Church spire. The shield on the sign is a reference to the FitzUrse family who once owned Barham Court (the bears) and Canterbury (the choughs - crowlike birds on the red band). A FitzUrse was one of the knights who believed they were carrying out the wishes of the King, murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury in 1170.
by David Anstiss
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Barming TQ72435449
TQ7254 : Barming Village Sign (Close-up) by David Anstiss
Showing the various parts of the small village on the outskirts of Maidstone.

See also TQ7254 : Barming Village Sign, Barming.
by David Anstiss
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See also TQ7254 : Barming Village Sign, Barming, for positioning.

Bearsted TQ800559

Benenden TQ809328
TQ8032 : Benenden Village Sign by Oast House Archive
Standing at the bottom of the village green and cricket ground. The old faded image has been recently replaced with a new image. This white garbed character is Edward G (Gower) Wenmen. Who was born in the village. He became a notable cricketer. Who first played at Lords for Kent against Marylebone in 1828.



Bessels Green TQ506555
TQ5055 : Bessels Green Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Bessels Green, village green beside the A25 Westerham Road leading into Sevenoaks.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Bethersden TQ9243999
TQ9239 : Bethersden Village Sign, Bethersden, Kent by Oast House Archive
This large circular sign features LinkExternal link (St Margaret's Church), surrounded by symbols relating to the village. Has four metal plaques on the post (one on each side).
Plaque 1 - THE SIGN SYMBOLS; OAST HOUSES - hop farming area until 1970s, ROCKING HORSE - Stevenson Brothers export them all over the world, ANVIL - forges in the parish are still operational, BOOK - Richard Lovelace, 17th Century Cavalier poet, owned land in Bethersden.
He wrote 'Stone walls doe not a prison make Nor iron bars a cage', PLANE - village's wood craftmanship renowned, SHEARS - sheep farming commercially important, PIG - 1086 village named Badericesdenne 'denne' meant woodland where swine are pastured.
Plaque 2 - BETHERSDEN
People have lived here for more than 1000 years. St.Margaret's Church is mentioned in the 12th C Domesday Monachorum. Baptist and Methodist Chapels are more modern. Bethersden 'marble' - formed from fossilised shells of tiny freshwater snails is no longer quarried but traditional crafts (woodworking, iron forging etc) continue, as do horticulture and pig, sheep and cereal farming. Riding, cricket, football, tennis and cycle-racing are features of village life, as is a spirit of community care.
Plaque 3 - BETHERSDEN MILLENNIUM SIGN
The material in this sign - iron, oak and a limestone 'marble' and the
symbols all relate to activities for which Bethersden is famous.
The plaque is a montage of features in the village centre.
The sign was designed by residents and built by local craftsmen with a grant from Ashford Borough Council. Beneath the base, a Time Capsule is buried - to be open no sooner than 2100 AD.
Plaque 4 has a list of the craftsman who made the sign.


See also TQ9239 : Bethersden Village Sign Showing sign in context.

Betteshanger, Finglesham, Ham and Northbourne TR333523
TR3352 : Betteshanger, Finglesham, Ham and Northbourne Village Sign by David Anstiss
Attached to TR3352 : Beacon in Northbourne.
These four close villages do not have individual village signs, but are combined on this sign.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Bidborough TQ564434
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Biddenden TQ851383
TQ8538 : Biddenden Maids Village Green by Dave Skinner
Plaques on sign read:

Eliza and Mary Chulkhurst the famous twins known as the Biddenden Maids were born in the year 1100 joined together at hips and shoulders. They lived together thus joined for 34 years when one of them was seized with a fatal illness and died. The other refusing to be separated died 6 hours later. By their Will they left their property to the poor of Biddenden.

In commemoration of the Biddenden Maids an annual distribution of bread and cheese takes place on Easter Monday morning from the old bakehouse. Biscuits bearing the impress of the two maids, their names and year of birth are available at the same time to all who apply, visitor and parishioners.
by Dave Skinner



Bilsington TR040344
TR0434 : Bilsington Village Sign by Oast House Archive

This sign was originally erected about 50 years ago. It shows the Badge of Kent (the Prancing horse of Invicta). A Monk from St Augustine's Priory is also depicted. See LinkExternal link


The reverse of the sign is
TR0434 : Bilsington Village Sign (2) by David Anstiss
This sign has a different picture to the reverse of the sign.
It shows the Bilsington Monument and Kent Badge (with the horse of Invicta).
See LinkExternal link for more on the Monument.
by David Anstiss



Birchington TR302690
TR3069 : Close-up of Birchington Village Sign by David Anstiss
As seen in TR3069 : Birchington Village Sign .
The sign shows sailors (presumed smugglers, as there was no port) unloading cargo close to Reculver Towers.
Birchington was first recorded in 1240 as Birchenton, a name derived from the Old English words 'bircen tun', meaning a farm where birch trees grow.

The shield also shows the three half-lion/half boats of the Coat of arms for Cinque Ports.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Birling TQ680605
TQ6860 : Birling Village Sign by David Anstiss
Beside Birling Church.
by David Anstiss
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Bitchet Green TQ568541
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Blean TR12236077
TR1260 : Blean Village Sign by David Anstiss
On a small green at the junction of Blean Common Road and Tyler Hill Road.
by David Anstiss
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Blue Bell Hill Village TQ747625
TQ7462 : Blue Bell Hill Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Maidstone Road, coming from roundabout with links to A229 dual carriageway and M2 Motorway.
by David Anstiss
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See also TQ7462 : Blue Bell Hill Village sign and disused pub.
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Bo Peep Corner TQ634403
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Bobbing TQ880642
TQ8864 : Close-up of Bobbing Village Sign by David Anstiss
Just seen in TQ8864 : Road junction on Sheppey Way.
This attractive sign shows TQ8865 : St Bartholomew, Bobbing, Kent and church yard, a blue tractor and a windmill and decorated with oak leaves and acorns. Which also feature on the tops of the posts supporting the sign.
by David Anstiss
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See also TQ8864 : Road junction on Sheppey Way, for positioning.

Bonnington TR055351
TR0535 : Close-up of Bonnington Village Sign by David Anstiss
A close-up of TR0535 : Bonnington Village Sign, on the B2069.
Shows two ancient warriors, standing under the shade of the Bonnington Oak. This ancient tree was site of the Leet Court. An historical court dealing with crimes in the Lord of the Manor's lands. It sat very infrequent (sometimes annually). See LinkExternal link for more details on the court.
by David Anstiss


See also TR0535 : Bonnington Village Sign.

Borden TQ882629
TQ8862 : Close-up of Borden Village Sign by David Anstiss
Close-up of TQ8862 : Borden Village Sign .
Shows almost the same image, as above image, except further back along the Street. With the church in the background and TQ8862 : The Maypole, Borden, on the right.
The village takes its name from the Borden family, who later settled in North America.
by David Anstiss
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Borstal TQ72976662
TQ7266 : Borstal Village Sign by David Anstiss
This sign has been put up by the village in the winter of 2012.
It is outside the Village Hall.

See TQ7266 : Borstal Village Hall and Village Sign.
by David Anstiss
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See also TQ7266 : Borstal Village Hall and Village Sign.
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Boughton Aluph (and Eastwell) TR021471
TR0247 : Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Boughton Lees green, beside A251 Faversham Road.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Boughton Monchelsea TQ76815133

Boxley TQ773589
TQ7758 : Close-up of Boxley Village Sign by David Anstiss
Shows a white horse looking at All Saint's Church, Boxley on the North Downs. On the post was a metal plaque 'Boxley Parish Council 2000. Artwork by Jonathan Catt'.


See also LinkExternal link

Brasted TQ473551 [image id=1670505 text=On the village Green at the junction of the A25 Brasted High Street (in front) and Rectory Lane (on the left). On the post is a plaque which reads 'A mediaeval archbishop of Canterbury stands in the Garden of Brasted in the attitude of blessing. Because in AD 773 the manor was given by Offa, King of Mercia to the Friary of Christchurch Canterbury under which it remained until the conquest and soon after William I's death it passed to the Clare Family, Who held it of the Archbishop of Canterbury 'in grand sergeantry' The Connection with Canterbury still continues, because Brasted, Sundridge and Chevening are known as "the Archbishop's Garden" and their livings remain in his gift. Brasted Church is depicted here as well as the River Darent and its bridges; the North Downs form a background with the Pilgrim's Way below them. Leading to the distant towers of Canterbury. The shield of Arms surrounded by the Ribbon of the Garter is that of the 7th Earl Stanhope K.G. Lord of the Manor of Brasted in 1951. This sign was designed and painted by G. Andrew McShane and restored by Antique Restorations, Brasted 1991.]
Bredgar TQ880604
TQ8860 : Bredgar village sign by Penny Mayes
Modest wrought iron sign on rather a short pole making it easy to miss. The plaque reads "This sign designed by Norman Hepple R.A. executed by D L Sattin of Teynham was given by Bredgar Womens Institute to commemorate their Golden Jubilee year 1972." Norman Hepple lived in Chantry House (the building pictured) at the time.
by Penny Mayes



Bredhurst TQ795622
TQ7962 : Bredhurst Village Sign by David Anstiss
On The Street, the Bell Public House is in background. Also shows St. Peter's Church.



Brenchley TQ677418
TQ6741 : Brenchley Village Sign by Colin Smith
The sign is beside a rectangular green just west of the village centre. It shows All Saints' lych gate.
by Colin Smith



Bridge TR180545
TR1854 : Bridge Village Sign by David Anstiss
On the junction of High Street (on the left) and Conyngham Lane (on the right). The village takes its name from a series of bridges over the River Nailbourne.



Broad Oak TR167615
TR1661 : Broad Oak village sign by Nick Smith
At the junction of Shalloak Road and Sweechgate.
by Nick Smith


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Broomfield TQ839524
TQ8352 : Broomfield village sign by Penny Mayes
Topped with the Kent Invicta the sign depicts a church bell and the home in Broomfield of the bell founder, Joseph Hatch. From 1606 to 1635 Joseph occupied Roses Manor Farm. Joseph cast his early bells in Broomfield but it is likely that many of his later bells were cast on his lands in King's Wood, in Ulcombe Parish. By his death in 1636 over 200 of his bells rang in Kent churches and in the cathedral at Canterbury. Today five hang in the church at Ulcombe LinkExternal link one in Leeds LinkExternal link and one in Broomfield. The sign stands next to TQ8352 : St Margaret's Well
by Penny Mayes



Burham TQ732616 Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

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