From the archive: Village signs from the 1960s and 70s unveiled

Village signs. Pictured: Wimbotsham village sign. Date: June 1979. Picture: EDP Library

Village signs. Pictured: Wimbotsham village sign. Date: June 1979. Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

Another batch of town and village signs from the 1960s and 70s is unveiled today, featuring newly carved signs and those that had been freshly restored. Many of the signs shown here are from West Norfolk and were paid for by community fundraising, in which local Women's Institutes played a key role.

1 Ashill village sign was unveiled in November 1972 by Pauline Hardy. Standing next to her is Harry Carter who designed and carved the sign. He based his design around an ancient tradition that allowed three geese and a gander to be tethered on the village green. On the left is Frank Daynes, chairman of the parish council.

2 Burgh Castle village sign is unveiled by John Clymer, chairman of the parish council. On the right is Rev Leslie Ward, Rector of Burgh Castle, who dedicated the sign in October 1976.

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3 Caister village sign, erected in 1971, was cleaned and a cobbled surround laid in early 1975. Grouped around the sign are the members of Caister WI, including Mrs BM Allum (president), third from left.

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4 At Fulmodeston in July 1982 Audrey Juby, county WI secretary, and Edward Clements unveil their village sign in the shape of a wishing well. Two local builders, William Chapman and Herbert Sadler, built the sign. The sign stands beneath three trees marking the silver jubilee of King George V and the coronations of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

5 Mr J Blackburn looks up at King's Lynn's new town sign which he carved in his spare time at the behest of the National Council of Women in early 1967. It was the first sign he had carved, though he had carved designs on wood before. Much of the script handwriting to be seen about the town was his work, such as the list of donors in the Guidhall of St George and list of freemen of the borough in the Town Hall.

6 The Mattishall village sign was unveiled by Richard Ryder MP in May 1984. Included in the photo are, left to right, the vicar, the Rev Peter Moss, Megan Williams, Mr Ryder, Sir William Gorell Barnes, Marjorie James and Don Pearson, chairman of the parish council.

7 The new sign at Mundham was unveiled by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Maurice Wood in May 1982. Carved from split local oak, the sign was crafted by former art teacher Jeremy Hough. The carving represented typical local houses and was mounted on a pedestal of wheat sheaves. Adrian Gunson stands behind the bishop.

8 At South Wootton the latest in a long line of West Norfolk village signs was unveiled in June 1978 by Michael Bowskill, chairman of the parish council. Standing next to him is the 17-year-old designer, Paul Hillard. He won a design competition held the year before while he was still attending the Alderman Catleugh School, King's Lynn. His design depicting South Wootton's historical past contains carvings of two members of a well-known family, the Old Hall, the parish church and its Norman font. Costing about £250, the sign was the direct result of fundraising during Jubilee year.

9 Sutton Bridge's sign was re-dedicated by parish council chairman David Dewsberry in February 1993 after restoration. The iron sign was originally commissioned to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 and depicts the familiar iron bridge and railway which brought prosperity to the area. It also shows one of the unused lighthouses which stand at the end of the River Nene. The sign was designed, made and restored by villagers Eric Tolliday and John Baker.

10 The entire village of Wimbotsham came together to witness the unveiling of its new sign in June 1979. The wood, Japanese oak, was prepared by master carpenter Gordon Hoskin, designed by David Stacey and carved by Walter Edgley. Builder Bob Rayner made the base and put up the sign. The design is of a Stirling bomber flying over the 10th century village church, a reference to Bexwell airfield's role as a Stirling base during the war.

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