3. Kent Village Signs C-F

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 C-F

Challock TR011507
TR0150 : Challock Village Sign by David Anstiss
This black metal 'silhouette' sign is on the edge of the A251 Faversham Road roundabout. The stag refers to the near by King's Wood, a former deer hunting ground.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Charing TQ952492
TQ9549 : Charing Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Old Ashford Road, leading from A20 Maidstone Road into the village.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Chart Sutton TQ796503
TQ7950 : Close-up of Chart Sutton Village Sign by David Anstiss
A two sided sign. This side shows two round oast Kilns and a sprig of hops, insert in the bottom right hand corner is a Kent Shield. The reverse side shows a church in flames. This is a stylised version of St.Michaels Church. That was destroyed by a fire in 1779, and then rebuilt in 1782. 200 years before this sign was erected.


See also TQ7950 : Chart Sutton village sign.

Chestfield TR134662
TR1366 : Chestfield Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Chestfield Road.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Chipstead TQ499562
TQ4956 : Chipstead Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Chevening Road, on a small green opposite the Bricklayers Arms Pub.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Chislet TR22416430
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Cliffe TQ731755
TQ7375 : Cliffe Village Sign by David Anstiss
On B2000, Station Road, near Rectory Road turning (behind sign on left).


Compare with TQ7372 : Cliffe Woods Village Sign.
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Coldred TR269499
TR2646 : Coldred village sign by Oast House Archive
This sign was funded by the village and erected on 1st January 2002.
The crown at the top refers to King Coelrd (a King of Mercia) who fought a battle at Woodnesborough, in AD 715. The village has several names in the past. Colret in the Domesday Book. As well as Colredan, Colraedene and Colred. Taken from old English names for coal and clearing. The sign also shows St.Pancras Church and a haystack (referring to the farming industry)


See also TR2646 : House and Village Sign, Coldred.
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Collier Street TQ71674605
TQ7146 : Collier Street Village sign (close-up) by David Anstiss
A close-up of the sign in TQ7146 : Collier Street Village Sign.

Shows two oasts eitherside of Collier Street Church, above three apples.
by David Anstiss
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Cooling TQ757759
TQ7575 : Cooling: the village sign by Stefan Czapski
I can never look at this sign without seeing a pair of ice-cream cones. Dickens puts in a cameo appearance, as people like to think of Cooling churchyard as the spot he had in mind in the opening scenes of 'Great Expectations'. (It may be worth mentioning that one location used by David Lean when shooting his film of the novel back in 1946 was Swigshole LinkExternal link on Halstow Marshes. Mike Newell, who is planning his own version, is making no promises: LinkExternal link )
by Stefan Czapski



Conyer TQ964644
TQ9664 : Conyer Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Conyer Road, before entering the village. It shows a Kingfisher with a fish in its beak. In the background is a Thames Sailing Barge.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Coxheath TQ742510
TQ7451 : Coxheath Village Sign by David Anstiss
This shield hangs off a millennium beacon on the B2163 Heath Road.
As seen in TQ7451 : Junction of Westerhill Road with Heath Road, Coxheath.
The sign shows two shields. The left shield bears three tents above crossed guns. This is in reference to the fact that Coxheath was a military camp during the Seven Year War (see LinkExternal link for more details). Behind these military referenced shields is an apple tree (representing the fruit growing in the surrounding countryside). Linking the two shields is the badge of Invictia (the white horse of Kent). The Latin motto at the top of the sign reads 'Pagus Noster, Domus Nostra', this translates as 'Our Village, Our Home'.
The sign was designed by Bernard Hill, after a competition in 1971.
by David Anstiss
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Cranbrook TQ767357
TQ7635 : Cranbrook Town Sign by David Anstiss
This sign is on a small triangular green at the junction of the A229 Hartley Road and Cranbrook High Street (on the right). The War Memorial is in the background.
by David Anstiss


See also TQ7635 : Cranbrook town sign.
Officially this is not a village any more, but a market town.

Crockenhill TQ504671
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Crockham Hill TQ442506
TQ4450 : Crockham Hill Village Sign by David Anstiss
In a small triangular green at the junction of Main Road (on the right) and Smiths Lane, (unseen, to the left). It has two metal plaques on the post which read 'This village sign was erected in 2008 to mark the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II 1952-2002', and 'This sign was based on a painting by Phyl Butler 1913-2003'.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Cuxton TQ71696729
TQ7167 : Cuxton Village Sign (close-up) by David Anstiss
As seen in TQ7167 : Cuxton Village Sign.

Shows the woodlands, the prancing horse of Invicta and the church of TQ7066 : St Michael, Cuxton.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Curtisden Green TQ739404
TQ7340 : Curtisden Green Village Sign by Oast House Archive
Depicting an oast house and a tree.
by Oast House Archive
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Detling TQ792581
TQ7958 : Sculptured village name, Detling, Kent by John Salmon
Note ; This is the most expensive village sign in the country, which shows the village name in sculpted Portland stone, flanked by a curved brick and stone wall and pillars with carved stone animals on top. The sign was unveiled in 2001, the project having apparently taken four years to finalise and cost over £20,000



DittonTQ713583
TQ7158 : Ditton Village Sign by David Anstiss
On a green, made by Station Road meeting the !A20 London Road. Looking down London Road towards Maidstone.



Doddington TQ936577
TQ9357 : Doddington Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Chequers Hill Road, going downhill into Doddington. Near Palace Farm.
A black metal sign, created for the millennium.
The centre of the sign is a fruit tree. The top left-hand quarter depicts a swallow and acorns. The top right-hand quarter depicts strawberries and cherries. The bottom left-hand quarter depicts a chequers board (referring to the TQ9357 : The Chequers Inn, Doddington). The bottom right-hand quarter depicts TQ9357 : The Beheading of St. John the Baptist church, Doddington.
by David Anstiss
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See also TQ9257 : Doddington Village Sign on another road in the village.

Dunton Green TQ511572
TQ5157 : Dunton Green Village Sign by David Anstiss
On small green between Lusted Road (unseen on left) and A224 London Road (on the right). Unusually has plastic covering over the sign. Post has small metal plaque on it, which reads 'Erected on 11th October 2008. In celebration of the Centenary of the Parish of Dunton Green.'
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

East Farleigh TQ734535
TQ7353 : Village sign, East Farleigh, Kent by Rodney Burton
featuring the medieval bridge, the river Medway, three oast kilns and fruiting hop bine. LinkExternal link
by Rodney Burton


See also TQ7353 : The Bull Inn, East Farleigh and Village Sign.

East Malling TQ701571
TQ7057 : East Malling Village Sign on New Road by David Anstiss
New Road leads to A20 London Road from East Malling. Just past bus stop on left is New Road Close.
by David Anstiss
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East Peckham TQ 66734865
TQ6648 : East Peckham Village Sign (Close-up) by David Anstiss
A close-up version of TQ6648 : East Peckham Village Sign.

Shows an Oast House below Mereworth Church on a hill.
by David Anstiss
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East Sutton TQ830495
TQ8349 : East Sutton Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Church Lane. Opposite Village Hall.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book
Eastchurch TQ985714
TQ9871 : Eastchurch Village Sign by David Anstiss
On High Street, just past roundabout with village by-pass.
by David Anstiss
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Eccles TQ727604
TQ7260 : Close-up Eccles Village Sign by David Anstiss
On a green on Bull Lane. The village sign has metal plate near the base, which reads 'Designed and Painted by Robert (Bobby) Francis Golden Jubilee MMII.



Edenbridge TQ445459
TQ4445 : Edenbridge Village Sign by David Anstiss
On a small green beside the roundabout on Mount St. Aignan Way (in the background) and the high street. In the background is a Fire Station.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Egerton TQ907474
TQ9047 : Egerton Village Sign by David Anstiss
On a small green near The Street.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Eynsford TQ542655
TQ5465 : Eynsford Village Sign by David Anstiss
On A225 Station Road, close to Bower Lane junction. It shows the ford over the River Darenth and St Martins Church.
by David Anstiss
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Farleigh Green TQ721524
TQ7252 : Farleigh Green by Colin Smith
Triangular village green with The Good Intent pub in the distance. The sign carries the name of West Farleigh which is about 1 mile to the west.
by Colin Smith


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Farningham TQ546670
TQ5467 : Farningham Village by David Rogers
Farningham had four manors in Domesday Book. One of these belonged to a Norman Knight called Wadard who fought at the Battle of Hastings. Wadard is depicted on his horse with shield held high on the Bayeux Tapestry and also on this village sign.
by David Rogers


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Fawkham TQ585655
TQ5865 : Fawkham Village Sign by David Anstiss
On green at junction of Fawkham Green road, Brands Hatch road and Sun Hill. Cars in background parked on access road to Rising Sun pub.
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Finglesham TR337536
TR3353 : Finglesham village sign by Nick Smith
The sign design is a copy of a Saxon belt buckle found here.
Two graves from a well-preserved sixth and seventh-century Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Finglesham have yielded a bronze pendant and a gilt buckle with designs that are related to each other and which are clearly symbolic of the cult of the god Woden. Commentary, and images of both objects, can be found in S. Chadwick Hawkes, "Finglesham. A Cemetery in East Kent" and "The Archaeology of Conversion: Cemeteries", both in Campbell, The Anglo-Saxons, pp. 2425 and 4849. Ref:- Wikipedia
by Nick Smith


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Five Oak Green TQ648453
TQ6445 : Five Oak Green Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Green at junction of B2017 Five Oak Green Road (on left) and Whetstone Road (on right).
by David Anstiss
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Frittenden TQ815411
See also TQ8141 : Frittenden Village Sign.

Fordcombe TQ970449
TQ5240 : Close-up of Fordcombe Village Sign  by David Anstiss
On Spring Hill. Close to the junction with Chafford Lane.

Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Four Elms TQ970449
TQ4648 : Four Elms Village Sign by David Anstiss
On the Four Elms Crossroads. Beside the village pond on the white signpost. Has a metal plaque on the white post which reads 'Four Elms Millennium Sign AD2000. Funded by public subscription, Sevenoaks Council and Lottery Fund Grants'. Unusually a road sign as well as a village Sign.


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book
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