Skilled pair revamp Thorpe St Andrew’s vintage road signs

The Aerodrome Crescent sign in Thorpe St Andrew that is one of thirteen that are being restored by D

The Aerodrome Crescent sign in Thorpe St Andrew that is one of thirteen that are being restored by Dale Wiseman and Roger Pointer with the support of Broadland District Council, pictured with town mayor John Ward and councillor Ian Mackie. Photo: Steve Adams

First they set out to chart the history of Thorpe St Andrew's road names, and now a garage mechanic and a painter and decorator have put their skills to good use by revamping some of the town's vintage cast iron signs.

Authors, Roger Pointer, left, and Dale Wiseman, with their book on the origins of street and road na

Authors, Roger Pointer, left, and Dale Wiseman, with their book on the origins of street and road names in Thorpe St Andrew. Aerodrome Crescent, an old plate sign, named from the Norwich Aerodrome which is now the Heartsease Estate. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

Dale Wiseman and Roger Pointer met at the recently-revived Thorpe History Group and decided to compile a book detailing the stories behind the town's road names.

But they realised that 11 of the town's road signs were made from cast iron, dating back to 1939, and were in need of repair.

Mr Wiseman, a self-employed painter and decorator from Acacia Road, said: 'They were fairly dilapidated and wonky and were in need of some attention.'

Broadland District Council paid for paint and a few brushes, but Mr Wiseman and Mr Pointer gave their time and expertise for free.


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Mr Wiseman, a father-of-two doing a part-time history degree at the University of East Anglia, said: 'I did the painting and Roger is a motor mechanic so he stripped them all down. It fitted in with our skills and made sense for us to do it.

'While I was touching them up after they had been fixed back in place, I've had a couple of people pop out of their doors to say they look good.'

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At the same time Broadland replaced the posts of some of some of the signs.

Ian Mackie, Broadland councillor for Thorpe St Andrew North West, said: 'This is something Broadland wanted to support and these signs are an important part of Thorpe's historic environment.'

The Origins of the Street and Road Names of Thorpe St Andrew – £6 – can be bought from Thunder Lane Post Office; Thorpe St Andrew Town Council offices in Pound Lane, Dussindale; and the City Bookshop in Davey Place, Norwich.

Do you have a Thorpe St Andrew story? Call Kim Briscoe on 01603 772474.

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