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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TM1469 : Thorndon village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL8270 : West Stow village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG3431 : Ridlington village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG1434 : Matlaske village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM2384 : Starston Village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3958 : Snape village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF7632 : Great Bircham village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TL7852 : Stansfield village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF6019 : West Lynn village sign in St. Peter's Road by Adrian S Pye
TM0695 : Besthorpe village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM0262 : The High Street, Haughley, Suffolk by Adrian S Pye
TM0944 : Burstall village sign and church by Adrian S Pye
TL6968 : Kennett village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM1659 : Pettaugh village sign almost lost among others by Adrian S Pye
TF8612 : Village Hall and Sign at Little Dunham, Norfolk by Adrian S Pye
TM1337 : Tattingstone village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL8261 : Horringer village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG0536 : New village sign at Thornage by Adrian S Pye
TF4606 : Elm village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM2172 : Horham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM0051 : Wattisham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG2937 : Mundesley village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL8856 : Stanningfield village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TF9909 : Village sign at Westfield, Norfolk by Adrian S Pye
TM3698 : Loddon village sign by Adrian S Pye

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

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