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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TG4104 : Freethorpe village sign and Hall by Adrian S Pye
TM3797 : Hales & Heckingham Village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM0160 : Harleston (Suffolk) village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF7418 : Gayton Thorpe village sign near the village pond by Adrian S Pye
TM0179 : Blo' Norton village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF6901 : Boughton Village sign in front of the village pond by Adrian S Pye
TM4687 : Hulver Street village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM2185 : Pulham st. Mary village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL9174 : Honington village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF5820 : Clenchwarton village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM2166 : Bedfield village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TL9850 : Hitcham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM0959 : Earl Stonham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG3704 : Cantley village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG4803 : Burgh Castle village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL8957 : Bradfield Combust village sign and War Memorial by Adrian S Pye
TM2954 : Pettistree village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM4150 : Orford village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF6832 : Ingoldisthorpe Village Sign by N Chadwick
TM0842 : Chattisham village sign obscured by a conifer by Adrian S Pye
TG3700 : Langley village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TF8709 : Necton village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG4202 : Reedham village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM3473 : Huntingfield village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF7221 : Grimston village sign by Adrian S Pye

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

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