Village Signs

The village sign is a traditional emblem with origins dating back to the medieval village cross, which served as a landmark and a talisman to ward off evil. The 19th century saw the resurgence of carved wooden signs, or colourfully illustrated cast aluminium signs, linking places with symbols of local significance.

King Edward VII suggested having signs to focus the identity of the villages around the Royal Sandringham Estate. The idea was slowly taken up by other villages in the region. Wherever you go in Norfolk and Suffolk you will find village signs, usually carved and painted. Many of them record a famous person or event in the life of the village.

Cast aluminium - wrought iron frame

Cast aluminium signs

Cast aluminium signs are made of painted cast aluminium with a wrought iron frame. The sign basically comprises of a cast aluminium panel with illustration in low relief which is then hand painted with quality gloss enamels. This is set into a mild steel frame with wrought iron scrollwork, all is stove enamelled in black and mounted on an oiled finish oak post. All materials are selected for durability and finish to maximise weather-proofing qualities.

Metal Village Signs

Roudham is made from 6mm steel plate which has been laser cut and pierced and then finished with a black enamel paint which is powder coated and baked to achieve the silhouette design. It is set in a wrought iron framework and mounted on a 120mm (5") oak post with attractive stopped chamfers.

Wrought iron/steel plate and aluminium sign   The Mendlesham sign is a
combination of wrought iron and pierced plate
together with three aluminium coloured panels.
The Fishbourne sign is a cast aluminium panel mounted inside an oak frame and mounted on an 4¾" oak t-bar post.   Village sign, cast aluminium panel in oak frame
Chedworth village sign   Flat Aluminium or Glass Reinforced Plastic Panel ~ The panel options could be either hand painted onto flat aluminium (similar to Fishbourne) or printed and encapsulated into Glass Reinforced Plastic ie Chedworth. Painted panels could last in excess of 15 years although a degree of fading must be expected. Glass Reinforced Plastic panels with their pigmented inks are guaranteed for ten years against serious fading. Life expectancy of both methods will however be dependent on situation orientation, light and the vagaries of the English weather !! Replacing or repainting painted panels in years to come will be a more expensive option than GRP as the latter is a printed product, encapsulated in UV proof glass fibre, and as such can be simply reproduced at the push of a button. Painted panels naturally will involve our artist hand painting everything again, which is not a problem, just labour intensive! Prices for the above options will vary depending on the amount of detail required. Please ring to discuss your requirements with us.
This village sign was hand forged and painted by Nigel Barnett who is an Artist Blacksmith. It came from an original drawing via Holbeach Parish Council.   Holbeach village sign


We also undertake repair work:
Restoration includes: Slowly drying out the sign.  Completely stripping away all the old and flaking paint.  Repairing any rot with new timber wherever possible.  Simple repair of any carved figures where necessary.  Rectify horizontal surfaces where necessary to ameliorate water disposal.  Rectify with two coats of flexible micro porous undercoat followed with two coats of high quality gloss enamels.  All materials are selected for durability and finish to maximise weather proofing qualities.






For more images of village signs
that we have created/repaired/restored CLICK HERE to go to the Gallery page.