Village signs of East Anglia :: Shared Description

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.
by Adrian S Pye
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TM1791 : Wacton village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TG2738 : Trimingham village sign and yellow sandbin by Adrian S Pye
TG4901 : Browston village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TL7859 : Chevington village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM5099 : Lound village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM3264 : Cransford Village Sign by Adrian S Pye
TG2415 : Crostwick Lane, Spixworth and Village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL7648 : Poslingford village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM2046 : Rushmere St. Andrew village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM2055 : Otley village centre and sign by Adrian S Pye
TF9123 : Whissonsett village sign depicting Grandfather Longlegs by Adrian S Pye
TL8449 : Stanstead village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM2480 : Weybread village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM4469 : Westleton village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF8635 : South Creake village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF9631 : Kettlestone village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL8094 : Ickburgh village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TL8270 : West Stow village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM0846 : Flowton village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL9447 : Brent Eleigh village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF3613 : Village sign at Sutton St Edmund by Adrian S Pye
TM0944 : Burstall village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM2254 : Clopton (Suffolk) village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL9938 : Polsead Village Sign by PAUL FARMER
TM3489 : Bungay town sign by Adrian S Pye

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Created: Fri, 26 Dec 2014, Updated: Sat, 27 Dec 2014

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