TL7154 : Cowlinge village sign (detail)

taken 4 years ago, near to Cowlinge, Suffolk, Great Britain

Cowlinge village sign (detail)
Cowlinge village sign (detail)
The sign depicts several of the rural crafts and businesses that Cowlinge has had over the centuries before. There is the ubiquitous windmill with its window in the shape of a coffin to remind us of the village undertaker There is a wheel to remind us of the wheelright and a fox depicting a Silver Fox Farm that used to be in the village. Also the whole sign sits on top of an anvil to remind us of the blacksmith.
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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
Monday, 27 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 28 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 7144 5447 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:9.7126N 0:30.3025E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 7144 5447
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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