6. Kent Village Signs N-R

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 N-R


Newenden TQ855648
TQ8327 : Newenden Village Sign (close-up) by David Anstiss
Kent considers itself to be the birthplace of English cricket, its supposed origin being the mediaeval game of ‘creag’, which was apparently played in Newenden in 1300 by the future Edward II. Although cricket historians claim this as the first game of cricket in the county, it is by no means certain that ‘creag’ was in fact cricket. Nevertheless, the village claims that distinction on its sign, which includes cricket bat and balls in the design. This village sign is also one of the most unusual signs in Kent, being triangular. In the frame is a composite representation of the four evangelists of the New Testament. The symbolic creature has a lion's head (St. Mark), ox's hooves (St. Luke), eagle's wings (St. John) and a child looking forward into the new millennium on the creature's back (St. Matthew). The serpent's tail represents the river which has sustained the village from its earliest days. At the foot of the frame are the crossed keys of St. Peter (church in Newenden). Newenden was known in Roman times as Andredcaster and an important port on the River. (Notes come from Alan Bignell's Book Kent Village Signs 2)


See also TQ8327 : Newenden Village Sign

Newington TQ855648
TQ8564 : Newington Village Sign by David Anstiss
On small green beside A2 London Road. Junction in background is Playstool Road. The signpost has a small metal plaque, which reads 'In memory of Ted Allen, Parish Councillor 1987-1997'. It was put up in 2009


See also TQ8564 : Newington Village Sign, before the unveiling
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Offham TQ656572
TQ6557 : Offham Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Teston Road, near the crossroads junction with Comp Lane and North Meadow road. It was designed by Ben Smith 2004. It incorporates The Quintain, Kent fruit and an Oast House. In background on left is Little Oast.



Old Wives Lees TR072548
TR0754 : Close-up of Old Wives Lees Village Sign by David Anstiss
A close-up photo of TR0754 : Old Wives Lees village sign. At the junction of Cobbs Hill and Long Hill.
A black metal sign showing a silhouette picture of an Oast House, a farmer with horse and plough, adorned with pears (on the left) and apples (on the right).
by David Anstiss
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Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Otford TQ527592
TQ5259 : Otford Village sign by Richard Croft
Depicting St.Bartholomew's church, the Bishop's Palace and the pond
by Richard Croft


See also TQ5259 : Otford Village Sign
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Otham TQ798536
TQ7953 : Village sign, Otham by Penny Mayes
Erected for the centenary of the parish council. The plaque reads "Otham Parish Council 1894-1994 the tools that shaped our village". The tools include a mallet, a mattock, a hop-dog, an auger, an adze and a thatcher's knife.
by Penny Mayes


See also TQ7953 : Otham Sign

Paddlesworth TR195398
TR1939 : Paddlesworth village sign by Rose and Trev Clough
Featuring St. Oswald's, said to be the highest church in Kent (see LinkExternal link and see LinkExternal link ), and the 'Cat and Custard Pot', which is the name of the local pub (see LinkExternal link ). The location of the sign can be seen here at LinkExternal link.


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Platt TQ798536
TQ6256 : Close-up of Platt Parish Village Sign by David Anstiss
As seen in TQ6256 : Platt Parish Village Sign.
This metal sign is on walled green beside Platt village church. It displays an arrangement of hops and cobnuts, within a double metal frame. It was erected to mark the millennium. The village of Platt is just off the A25, and based around St.Mary's Church.
by David Anstiss
Shared Description



See also TQ6256 : Platt Parish Village Sign

Plaxtol TQ61115364
TQ6153 : Plaxtol village sign by N Chadwick
Shows a black silhouette of a lady. Many residents of Plaxtol believe in the long lasting myth of 'The Haunting of Lady Vain'.



Pluckley TQ927455
TQ9245 : Pluckley Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Smarden Road. The road heading left is Egerton Road. The road heading right is The Street heading to Little Chart.
by David Anstiss
Shared Description



Pratts Bottom TQ472621
TQ4762 : Pratt's Bottom Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Rushmore Hill, on the village green. Close to the village pub and church. The Village sign was to commemorate the Millennium and was organised by the Pratts Bottom Residents Association. The sign was made by a resident of the village. The house is the Tollhouse that was on the corner of Rushmore Hill and Sevenoaks Road by the roundabout. Also shown are the heraldic arms of the Diocese of Rochester and the Kentish Invicta. (Thanks to Gwyneth Hudson for info on the sign)


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Preston TR250609
TR2560 : Preston Village Sign by David Anstiss
On the junction of The Street and Mill Lane.
As seen in TR2560 : The Street in Preston.
Has a metal plaque on the post which reads 'This sign, designed with help from Preston School pupils. Was unveiled on 29th September 2006 by Mr Martin Dredge on behalf of Mrs Phylis Thomas. It depicts the legend of St.Mildred and her hind and symbols of Preston's agricultural past.'
by David Anstiss
Shared Description


See also TR2560 : The Street in Preston
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Ripple TR346499
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

River TR299429
TR2942 : Close-up River Village Sign by David Anstiss
Seen in TR2942 : River Village Sign, in context.
by David Anstiss
Shared Description


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Riverhead TQ514561
TQ5156 : Riverhead Village Sign by David Anstiss
On a small green in front of Riverhead Church. Seen in LinkExternal link. It has a small metal plaque on the post which reads 'Presented by Riverhead Parish Council. In memory of HARRY PENNELLS. In recognition of his services to the village. 1986.'


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Rolvenden TQ844313
TQ8431 : Rolvenden Village Sign by Oast House Archive
The sign depicts LinkExternal link Benenden Road, Rolvenden. And LinkExternal link Benenden Road, Rolvenden, Kent. As well as Invicta (the white prancing horse which is the symbol of Kent), the cricket field, oak leaves, and the Grade I listed St Mary's Church, LinkExternal link.


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Ruckinge TQ025336
TR0233 : Ruckinge Village Sign by David Anstiss
One of two village signs in the village on the B2067 Hamstreet Road. Behind is Ramsley Green and in the background is St. Mary Magdalene Church. On the post is a metal plaque which reads 'VILLAGE SIGN EXPLANATION PLATE. November 2007. CENTRE: St Mary Magdelene, 1086.(sic) BOTTOM: Averling and Porter built the first steam roller. Thomas Averling lived at Court Lodge. Richard Porter farmed at Langdon. Ransley brothers, smugglers and petty thieves hung at Penenden Heath in 1800. Wooden headboard in Churchyard. CIRCLE: Saxon Shoreway footpath. Royal Military footpath and marshland, cattle on higher ground. Scout and Guide Centre. The blue Anchor Pub,1850. TOP: Kent Invicta.' Note: Spelling of St Mary Magdalene is spelt St Mary Magdelene on the plaque.


See also TR0233 : Ruckinge Millennium Sign. An Ordnance Survey Commission sign.

Rushenden TQ909713
TQ9071 : Welcome to Rushenden by Richard Dorrell
This cheerful sign is possibly the most attractive feature of this grid square.
by Richard Dorrell


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book
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