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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TM2260 : Cretingham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG2303 : Caistor St. Edmund village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM0567 : Bacton (Suffolk) village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM1074 : Mellis village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL6265 : Exning village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM1982 : Rushall village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3698 : Loddon village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3544 : Hollesley village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL7857 : Depden village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM0375 : The Rickinghalls village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL7645 : Clare town sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM0450 : Great Bricett village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TF7008 : Marham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3699 : Chedgrave village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3464 : Rendham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM2185 : Pulham st. Mary village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG4803 : Burgh Castle village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TF6424 : North Wootton village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG4023 : Hickling village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG3130 : Witton (near Worstead) village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF3613 : Sutton St Edmund Village sign and War Memorial by Adrian S Pye
TF6615 : Middleton village sign in School Road by Adrian S Pye
TF9931 : Fulmodeston village sign in the form of a well by Adrian S Pye
TM3046 : Sutton village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM0567 : Bacton village sign by Adrian S Pye

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

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