TM3660 : Farnham (Suffolk) Village sign

taken 9 years ago, near to Farnham, Suffolk, Great Britain

Farnham (Suffolk) Village sign
Farnham (Suffolk) Village sign
The sign depicts ferns, a ploughman and his horse and the church. It stands beside the busy A12
Village signs of East Anglia
In many parts of southern England an ornamental village sign is erected to announce the village name to strangers and locals alike. They are typically placed along the principal road or in a prominent location such as a village green or close by the church. The design often depicts a particularly characteristic feature of the village or a scene from its history, heritage, or culture. They are typically made of wood or metal or a combination of both, the designs are often made by the local community.
Ornamental timber and iron signs were common historically to identify buildings of importance such as inns or town halls. However, the tradition of village signs is believed to have started in Norfolk early in the 20th century when Edward VII suggested that village signs would aid motorists and give a feature of interest on the Sandringham Estate.
The spread of interest beyond Norfolk can be attributed to Prince Albert, Duke of York who gave a speech to the Royal Academy in 1920 promoting the wider use of village signs. Although they do appear in villages and towns all over the country they are more prominent in East Anglia than elsewhere in the country.
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Date Taken
Friday, 9 May, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 19 June, 2010
Category
Village sign   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 361 601 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:11.3190N 1:27.1703E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 361 600
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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