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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TM3067 : Badingham village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM1361 : Mickfield village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM1266 : Wetheringsett cum Brockford village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TL9744 : Lindsey village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3151 : Eyke village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG0134 : Gunthorpe village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TL9768 : Hunston village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM5299 : Hopton-on-Sea village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM4986 : Rushmere St Michael village sign just discernible in the hedge by Adrian S Pye
TF7418 : Gayton Thorpe village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TG4202 : Reedham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF8417 : West Lexham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL6848 : Great Wratting village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG2439 : Northrepps village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TG3433 : Village sign to three villages by Adrian S Pye
TL8957 : Bradfield Combust village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM0688 : Banham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG3120 : Ashmanhaugh village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF4314 : Newton in the Isle village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM2165 : Monk Soham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL9450 : Village sign at Preston St. Mary by Adrian S Pye
TG4106 : Halvergate and Tunstall village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TF6923 : Roydon village sign in Station Road by Adrian S Pye
TM2743 : Newbourne village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM1598 : Information board, seat and village sign, Wreningham by Adrian S Pye

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

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