TQ8327 : Newenden Village Sign (close-up)

taken 8 years ago, near to Newenden, Kent, Great Britain

Newenden Village Sign (close-up)
Newenden Village Sign (close-up)
Close up of sign in TQ8327 : Newenden Village Sign.
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)
Kent Village Signs
King George VI recommended that the old custom of identifying villages with carved or painted name signs could be revived. In 1920, Biddenden had won a Daily Mail competition for a sign featuring the two Biddenden Maids.
More villages followed, especially in 1953, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. More signs have been put up due to the Millennium. This has meant half of the county villages are identified.]
See also LinkExternal link , an article on Kent Village Signs
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Date Taken
Sunday, 23 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 24 May, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 834 272 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:0.9055N 0:36.8465E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 834 272
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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