8. Kent Village Signs U-Y

Kent Village Signs

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The Village Signs U-Y

Ulcombe TQ848486
TQ8448 : Ulcombe Village Sign by David Anstiss
On junction of Eastwood Road and The Street.The green in the background is a playing field. Placed to mark the Millennium, designed by Diane Brace. Owl in centre, is a reference to the fact that the village lies in what is locally known as the valley of the owls.
by David Anstiss
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Underriver TQ556520
TQ5552 : Village sign, Underriver by N Chadwick
Erected to commemorate the Millennium. It shows, two oasthouses kilns, a tree and a black horse. With a green valleyed backdrop. The name of the hamlet of Underriver in Kent is derived from the original 'sub le ryver', which translates to 'under the hill' ... a very apt title given its situation at the base of One Tree Hill leading up to the nearby town of Sevenoaks.


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Upchurch TQ843674
TQ8467 : Upchurch village sign by Penny Mayes
Erected for the centenary of the Parish Council 1994. It features (LinkExternal link - St Mary the virgin's Church). It also shows examples of pottery (ancient economy base), a sailing barge (Upchurch is on the Medway estuary) and is garlanded with various fruits and foliage.


See also TQ8467 : The Street Upchurch with the village sign.

Upnor TQ753707
TQ7570 : Upnor Village Sign by David Anstiss
This sign is placed at road junction coming into the village. This metal sign has a gold sheen.
Seen on the sign, Upnor Castle (see TQ7570 : Upnor Castle from the river (Upnor Reach) ), a craft of Upnor sailing club, two frogs and an Arethusa ship figurehead (Arethusa is a Sailing centre for children and disabled people) Also see TQ7671 : The Arethusa Venture Centre, for more details on Arethusa.
by David Anstiss
Shared Description


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Upper Bush TQ69526684
TQ6966 : Upper Bush Village Sign by David Anstiss
This black metal silhouette style sign is in the small hamlet of Upper Bush, beside Upper Bush Road.

See also TQ6966 : Upper Bush.
by David Anstiss
Shared Descriptions



Upper Harbledown TR112584
TR1158 : Upper Harbledown Village sign by Penny Mayes
Dated 2000 so a millennium memorial, the sign depicts an oast house and hops within an apple within a pear (I think - not sure about the pear, there seem to be a couple of bites out of it). The village play area is visible in the background - just a grassy field with small goal posts.
by Penny Mayes


See also TR1158 : Upper Harbledown village sign.
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Walderslade TQ75356234
TQ7562 : Walderslade Village Sign by David Anstiss
In the middle of TQ7562 : Roundabout on Walderslade Woods Road.

Due to its position in the middle of a busy roundabout, it has been untouched.
by David Anstiss
Shared Description


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Wateringbury TQ69165349
TQ6953 : Wateringbury Village Sign by David Anstiss
This post and sign is beside TQ6953 : Wateringbury Village Hall, Tonbridge Rd, Wateringbury, beside the crossroads on the A26.

Has a metal plaque on the post which reads "Presented by Wateringbury W.I. to mark the occasion of their 60th Anniversary November 1980"
by David Anstiss



Wainscott TQ747707
TQ7470 : Wainscott village sign by Oast House Archive
This black and gold sign is on a patch of green between Wainscott Road (on the right) and Frittenden Road (on the left). It shows a barn, farm trailer, row of pears and 2 bunches of strawberries.


See also TQ7470 : Wainscott Village Sign.
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

West Kingsdown TQ572637
TQ5763 : West Kingsdown Village Sign by David Anstiss
On pavement beside parking bays for a small parade of shops on Hever Road. The shops include a local post office and small Waitrose supermarket. The village Sign shows St Edmund's Church and a Windmill.


See also TQ5762 : West Kingsdown Village Sign.
Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

West Malling TQ680578
TQ6857 : West Malling Village Sign by David Anstiss
On the High Street. Has small plaque on the post which reads "This sign was erected by the Malling Society on what remains of the village green, where the stocks, pound and cage once stood. Funds were raised through sponsored events, generous public donations, and the efforts of the children of West Malling Primary School. It was unveiled 14th July 1984 by Arthur Percival of the Civic Trust. Designed, carved and painted by V.Pataky and A. Protheroe".
by David Anstiss
Shared Description


See also TQ6756 : West Malling Village Sign. For a second sign.

Westbere TR191610
TR1961 : Westbere Village Sign by David Anstiss
On Westbere Lane in LinkExternal link. On the post is a small plaque which reads 'This sign was erected on July 7, 1991. By the parish council to celebrate the gift of land for a village green by John and Christine Stevens of Westbere House. E.L. West - Chairman, Charles Wright - Architect, Kenny Land - Carpenter, Nailbourne Forge - Blacksmith, Clive Metcalf - co-ordinator.' In the background is LinkExternal link (Ashbury Cottage).



Westwell TQ989474
TQ9847 : Westwell Village Sign  by David Anstiss
A close-up of the sign on the Village Green. Also seen in LinkExternal link (view of sign and village green). In the background is LinkExternal link. (The Wheel Inn)


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Whitfield (not shown)


Wilmington TQ53147211
TQ5372 : Wilmington Village Sign by David Anstiss
As seen in TQ5372 : Roundabout on the B258, Wilmington.

Shows TQ5372 : St Michael and All Angels Church, surrounded by Hops, cherries, Invicta (the prancing horse) and a book.

On the post is a small metal plaque "Kent Village of the Year 2003. Winner Older People, Large Village Section"
by David Anstiss
Shared Descriptions


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Wittersham TR900273
TQ9027 : Wittersham Village Sign by Oast House Archive
Up to the 13th century the Isle of Oxney, of which Wittersham is part of, was once surrounded by sea, hence the boat at the top of the sign.
by Oast House Archive
Shared Description


See also TQ9027 : Wittersham Village Sign

Woodchurch TQ942347
TQ9434 : Woodchurch Village Sign by Oast House Archive
Black metal sign depicting LinkExternal link (Woodchurch Windmill) and LinkExternal link (All Saints Church)


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book

Worth TR331559
TR3355 : Worth Village Sign by David Anstiss
As seen in TR3355 : Road junction on the A258 Deal Road.
Because both the illustration and the lettering are reminiscent of a particular kind of seaside postcard or, a slightly dated advertisement poster, this sign stands out.
It shows a veteran local yokel leaning on his walking stick in front of a typical five-bar field gate and pointing down the road towards the village, as though some wayfarer had stopped to ask him the way. The legend under the picture promises, 'There's Good Worth in Word', which is about as enigmatic as it could be until you learn that the name of the village derives from the Old English 'word', meaning an enclosure.
by David Anstiss
Shared Description




Wouldham TQ712640
TQ7164 : Wouldham Village Sign by David Anstiss
On small green on High Street. Village store and post office in background.
by David Anstiss
Shared Description


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book


WrothamTQ611591
TQ6159 : Wrotham Village Sign by dennis smith
This villages is pronounced 'Rootam'. The black metal sign around the quartered shield shows, Invicta; the Kent Horse, hop leaves, two bells, fruit, corn, hops and a cow and pig. The shield shows, the red cross of St. George, a pair of Oast House Kilns, the village church (LinkExternal link - St George's Church), an earthenware pot, a pilgrim on a horse (a reference to the village being on the old Pilgrim's way). The post has a timber plate which reads 'Based on an original design by Jim Maloney. Provided by Wrotham Parish Council, in partnership with Lawrie Plantation Services Ltd. It was unveiled on April 23rd 2000 by Collr John S. Walton.



Yalding TQ 6987 5014
TQ6950 : Close-up of Yalding Village Sign (2012) by David Anstiss
See TQ6950 : Yalding Village Sign (2012) for positioning and TQ6950 : Yalding Village Sign of the sign it updates.

On the post of the sign is a small metal plaque, which reads "This sign was erected to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of her magesty Queen Elizabeth II on 6th February 2012. It was unveiled by Cllr. Paulina Stockwell on 16th June 2012."
by David Anstiss
Shared Description


Note: Not in Kent Village Signs Book


This sign is in addition to
Yalding TQ698501
TQ6950 : Yalding Village Sign by Oast House Archive
Depicting the river Beult and Town bridge (over the river), and an oast house roof. Unusually this sign is attached to the side of a building.


See also TQ6950 : Yalding Village Sign, this means Yalding is also the only village with 2 seperate signs!

Other Notes

The Tovil sign (see article page 7) is one of a number of signs to be seen in the county which since 1984 have been made by the firm of "Hillcraft of Coxheath". The distinctive signs are made from coloured resin which is moulded and cast, the results usually being contained within a wooden frame. The first sign was made for Staplehurst and since then a number of others have appeared, including those at Broomfield, Frittenden, Harrietsham, Marden, Tyler Hill, the latest being at Sutton Valence. The sign in Coxheath itself is a little different, being hung from a bracket on the village’s beacon. It depicts images representing the military camp which was established in the 18th-century on what was then heathland and which was the origin of the present day village.

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