Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Village Signs

Virtually every village in Norfolk and many in Suffolk, Essex, Sussex, Kent and Cambridgeshire have their own signs depicting aspects of the history of the village. The tradition was reputedly started by King Edward VII, who suggested them to encourage village residents to appreciate and take an interest in their villages.  The first signs were erected in the villages on the Sandringham Estate in West Norfolk.  The tradition was continued by Kings George V and VI.  Since then the Queen's Coronation, Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees and the Millennium have been reasons for many more villages to commission their own signs. Older signs were often carved from wood or made of iron.  Some more modern signs are made from polyurethane, glass reinforced plastic or aluminium.  Most are painted with bright colours.

There are now about 4,000 village signs across the country. However in Somerset village signs are extremely thin on the ground.  These are the only ones I have found so far:

Rode's village sign is closest in style to those in East Anglia
 Chew Stoke
Chew Stoke is in Bath & North East Somerset
 Long Ashton
Long Ashton is in North Somerset
North Newton's lock gate village sign
The Bridgwater and Taunton Canal runs to the east of the village
West Camel

 Sign made from local Ham Stone and despicting the village's dovecote
These are some examples of some typical Norfolk village signs:

Little Snoring 
Great Snoring

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