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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TM4566 : Eastbridge village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL7857 : Chedburgh village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM1496 : Fundenhall village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TF9909 : Village sign at Westfield, Norfolk by Adrian S Pye
TM2866 : Dennington village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM4287 : Weston village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM1871 : Redlingfield village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM1274 : Yaxley village sign and Old Norwich Road by Adrian S Pye
TM0567 : Bacton village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM0669 : Finningham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF6411 : Tottenhill village sign beside Whin Common Road by Adrian S Pye
TL7046 : Keddington village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG4901 : Browston village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG5003 : Bradwell village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL9848 : Chelsworth village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM5099 : Lound village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG1339 : Sheringham Road and West Beckham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3067 : Badingham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM1266 : Wetheringsett cum Brockford village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL6899 : Wretton village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TL9650 : Kettlebaston village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3264 : Cransford Village Hall and the Village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL6977 : Beck Row village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM4360 : Village sign for Knodishall and Coldfair by Adrian S Pye
TF6415 : North Runcton village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye

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

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