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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TL8248 : Brook Street village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL9546 : Milden village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM0246 : Whatfield village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM1583 : Shimpling (Suffolk) village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM1065 : Mill Road, Mendlesham by Adrian S Pye
TM3060 : Parham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL7348 : Hundon village sign and memorial for RAF Stradishall 1938-1970 by Adrian S Pye
TG0934 : Edgefield village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL8967 : Great Barton village sign by Adrian S Pye
TF8606 : The village sign at South Pickenham by Adrian S Pye
TL6957 : Kirtling and Upend village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3651 : Butley village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL6751 : Little Thurlow village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG0321 : Foxley village sign and War Memorial by Adrian S Pye
TF6105 : Wimbotsham village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TM0969 : Wickham Skeith village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM1496 : Seat, information board and village sign at Fundenhall by Adrian S Pye
TM0160 : Harleston village sign (detail) by Adrian S Pye
TF8522 : Weasenham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG2703 : Framingham Pigot village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3886 : Ilketshall St. Andrew village sign by Adrian S Pye
TL9676 : Barningham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM2442 : Bucklesham village sign by Adrian S Pye
TG2635 : Lower Southrepps village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM3747 : Boyton village sign by Adrian S Pye

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

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