Day to Day => Towns & Villages => Topic started by: merc on November 30, 2009, 22:49:39

Title: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on November 30, 2009, 22:49:39
Village or Town signs are emblems that depict the heritage, history and culture of the places they represent. Each sign is unique to their respective location, and may be made of wrought or cast iron, carved out of wood, fibreglass or metal, or painted on wood. The signs are often produced as a result of community efforts. For instance, to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee, many signs were erected due to WI's efforts. More recently, numerous new signs have been produced as part of the celebrations for the Millennium. Some village signs are on posts in central positions in the village, such as near the church or pub, or on the village green.

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/Meophamsign.jpg)

Feel free to add any...

(no ordinary signs with just place names please)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Islesy on December 01, 2009, 08:46:00
Chislehurst - shows Elizabeth I knighting Francis Walsingham.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2589/4081651408_5ea8a42327.jpg)

Walsingham was Chislehurst's famous son, being born there, and dying there and was one of the Tudor era's most influential personalities. Known as Elizabeth's Spymaster.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: grandarog on December 01, 2009, 19:11:03
Farningham.

(http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu92/grandarog/Places/100_0818.jpg)

                                                            From one of my earlier posts, Rog
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: numanfan on December 02, 2009, 13:11:51
Not as fancy as the previous signs, here are some of the offerings from the Medway Towns:

(http://i727.photobucket.com/albums/ww272/numanfan/100_8680.jpg)

(http://i727.photobucket.com/albums/ww272/numanfan/100_8678.jpg)

(http://i727.photobucket.com/albums/ww272/numanfan/100_8675.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Glen on December 03, 2009, 00:28:35
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2712/4154334994_7534d25ee5.jpg)

The village sign of Offham.

The sign depicts two oast houses at the bottom centre. Kent was very famous for the cultivation of hops. Also shown on the sign are different types of fruit associated with Kent - apples, pears and cherries.

The white device top centre is called a quintain and was used in the Middle Ages during jousts. A shield or sometimes mannekin was suspended from the quintain and then hit with a lance. The quintain would rotate around and the idea was to hit the shield or mannekin without being knocked off your horse!r />
Glen
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Paul on December 03, 2009, 10:26:20
Leysdown.(its not mine i found it in my pics).

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm223/Paulwp/leys.jpg)


Shellness.

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm223/Paulwp/DSCF1190.jpg)

I cant find my Eastchurch one.:(
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on December 30, 2009, 19:38:19
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/Wouldham2.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/Wouldham1.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/Wouldham3.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Glen on January 01, 2010, 00:47:28
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4231425675_328c45c594.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on January 18, 2010, 10:48:40
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/VillageSign18Jan1.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/VillageSign18Jan2.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: unfairytale on January 23, 2010, 17:05:44
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4012/4297378939_625fdcf911.jpg)
This is the Paddlesworth near Hawkinge.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on February 01, 2010, 12:01:03
Birling
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/Birling1.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on February 13, 2010, 21:00:24
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/SignFeb131.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/SignFeb132.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: unfairytale on February 14, 2010, 10:35:37
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2709/4355292091_f30d377698.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on February 14, 2010, 17:46:26
At High Halstow is an RSPB bird sanctuary, which includes the largest Heronry in England with some 180 pairs of breeding Grey Heron - hence the Heron connection.

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/HighHalstowSign1.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/HighHalstowSign2.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: sheppey_bottles on February 15, 2010, 23:18:41
Eastchurch, Sheppey..could do with a bit of a facelift as it has been there a fair while.

(http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l218/Sheppey_bottles_John/sign.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on February 17, 2010, 19:47:40
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/Upnorsign.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: kyn on February 20, 2010, 14:17:14
 :)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Glen on April 05, 2010, 01:00:59
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4491508862_d3ae067cfb.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on May 11, 2010, 12:45:08
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/WrothamSign1.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on May 29, 2010, 21:29:18
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/OtfordSign.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Paul on June 06, 2010, 14:28:14
 :)

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm223/Paulwp/04062010049.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Glen on June 07, 2010, 00:31:35
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4676829254_34e57af54d_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: medwayboy on June 11, 2010, 22:04:56
(http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/DSC_0056.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on August 06, 2010, 11:54:13
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/Brastedsign.jpg)
Brasted

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/BesselsGreenSign-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Glen on September 09, 2010, 23:29:10
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/4972012639_3020330acd_z.jpg)

Chipstead

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/4972022303_79e6fcb70e_z.jpg)

Riverhead
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on October 27, 2010, 20:24:54
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/HartlipSign.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: unfairytale on November 12, 2010, 19:42:37
Coldred.
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1065/5169582379_763f7d132e.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on November 28, 2010, 14:54:22
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/HighamSign2.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Glen on November 28, 2010, 20:39:48
Upper Bush (a little hamlet consisting of a handful of houses on the North Downs Way)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5186098670_68b502603a_z.jpg)

Glen
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Glen on December 19, 2010, 00:55:41
Horton Kirby

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5044/5272058503_61d6966c07_z.jpg)

The sign depicts the railway viaduct, St Mary the Virgin church, the River Darent, hops which are still grown in the village and the chimney of the Horton KIrby paper mill (now a housing estate)

Glen
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: unfairytale on February 05, 2011, 11:26:26
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5091/5417729805_1b8162f132.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Riding With The Angels on February 05, 2011, 14:35:53
Is that the 'Red Hand of Ulster' I spy on the coat of arms on the East Malling sign? If so - does anybody know why it came to be there?

I will have to have a closer look at my pic Ealdwita :-) If I find out anything, I'll get back to you!

Glen

I think this is the Twisden arms - Hasted wrote

In the reign of queen Elizabeth, it was in the possession of the family of Manningham, descended out of Bedfordshire, who bore for their arms, Sable, a fess ermine, in chief three griffins heads erased or, langued gules. The last of this name here was Richard Manningham, esq. who about the year 1656 alienated Bradbourn to Thomas Twisden, esq. serjeant at law, who was the second son of Sir William Twisden, bart. of Roydon-hall in East Peckham, and of the Lady Anne Finch, his wife, daughter of the first countess of Winchelsea, and continued to bear the antient coat of arms of his family, being Gironny of four argent and gules, a saltier and four cross croslets, all counterchanged, with due difference;

Not sure where the hand comes from but will dig out my book of Bradbourne (the manor of the parish) and see if there is a clue.


Edited after finding my book -

 The basic arms is that of the Twisden family thorughout their history. Portraits within Bradbourne's collection show the arms in the corner. Still puzzling over the hand though.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: ealdwita on February 09, 2011, 20:26:18
OK, got it now. Sir William Twisden was a baronet, hence the badge. Baronets were granted the Arms of Ulster as a canton or inescutcheon in armorial bearings, argent a sinister hand couped at the wrist and erect gules, known as the Badge of Ulster (although the Ulster hand is dexter).

Thanks anyway. :)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: unfairytale on March 19, 2011, 20:17:17
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5140/5540299425_038bb952a4.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Glen on April 30, 2011, 00:01:00
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5263/5670206513_676664a808_z.jpg)

Originally spelled Down the "e" was added at the behest of the post office to avoid confusion with (County) Down in Northern Ireland.

Glen
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: kyn on July 02, 2011, 20:17:49
Tunstall
(http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii34/batgirlphotos/KHF/IMG_0005.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Glen on September 04, 2011, 10:43:11
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6182/6111292453_59b21792f6_z.jpg)

Lower Halstow



(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6111290971_780f19678c_z.jpg)

Upchurch


Glen
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: Tom Burnham on October 01, 2011, 23:15:45
This is the Staplehurst one, organised by the WI for the Silver Jubilee, I believe -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21602076@N05/6201299025/in/photostream

(couldn't get the system for linking direct to photos to work)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on February 25, 2012, 20:08:37
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/Bredhurst3.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: TomCat on March 17, 2012, 19:31:24
Woo Hoo, my first real post.
Being a sign maker I like to see other peoples signs. A couple of years back I did a complete refurb job on our local Village Sign here in Lympne. I was working for a local sign firm at the time. My boss being a penny pincher went crazy over the time I took doing it, but being my Village I thought it was worth the effort considering what he was charging them :), I left a few months later and started out on my own. Anyway here's the sign, I did the work in situ and the paint was still wet at the time I took the photo and I still had the post to paint.
(http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j363/slugster121/Personal/Image027.jpg) (http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j363/slugster121/Personal/Image029.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: smiler on March 18, 2012, 08:50:40
And a very nice job you made of it TomCat any other public signs you've done to show us.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: TomCat on March 18, 2012, 14:38:39
Thank you smiler. No other interesting stuff, just the normal run of the mill shops fronts, trade vans and commercial way finding stuff mostly. That was one sign that I really enjoyed doing. Being so near to Lympne castle, I became some kind of tourist attraction for a few Americans who insisted on taking photos of me doing the work.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: grandarog on May 24, 2012, 20:57:28
Hextable.

(http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu92/grandarog/Places/100_5216Small.jpg)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: PaulRoots on May 25, 2012, 08:09:47
Trottiscliffe (pronounced Troz-Ley)

can any one can shed some light on the spelling of this one?
the word Trottiscliffe (or Trotterscliffe) is not Norman, Saxon, Angle, Germanic, Latin or any other the other usual languages that makes English, my best guess is it is a derivation of a Brithonic word but that's as far as I can get.

I have one of Crockenhill some where, I'll post that when I find it
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: smiffy on May 25, 2012, 13:39:37
According to "The Place Names of Kent" it is from the Old English Trottes clif, meaning simply "Trott's Cliff".  First recorded in 788 as Trottes clyva, evolving eventually into Trosclyffe by 1610. Not sure how the modern pronunciation came about.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: ann on May 25, 2012, 14:23:00
I wonder how it was originally pronounced.  I know that by 1887 the village must have been  known as  Trosley (Troz-Ley) because  Trosley Towers was built then.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: davpott on May 25, 2012, 15:13:41
The first point of call for Kent place names is Dr Paul Cullen of Institute for Name-Studies, Uni- versity of Nottingham
http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/#
Last time I met Paul he was at Nottingham it would appear that he has since moved to Bristol University. He’s often invited to give talks on Kent place names, if you are even remotely interested in the subject he is well worth seeing.


Copy and pasted from the website.
Perhaps '*Trott's cliff'. *Trott is a monothematic masculine personal name. Alternatively the first element may be an OE *trott, cognate with German Trotz 'defiance', referring to the steep scarp of the North Downs.
Elements and their meanings
•pers.n. (Old English) pers.n. Personal name
•clif (Old English) An escarpment, a hill-slope; a river-bank.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: kyn on August 07, 2012, 19:49:16
Broomfield
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on August 23, 2012, 20:56:53
Hythe.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: grandarog on July 10, 2013, 12:30:47
Sorry about the shadows . East Sutton.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: colin haggart on August 31, 2013, 19:14:32
I took these photos of the  village sign in Minster, Thanet.

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Variuos%20photos/MinsterThanet2013_zps9dd0018a.jpg) (http://s278.photobucket.com/user/colinhaggart/media/Variuos%20photos/MinsterThanet2013_zps9dd0018a.jpg.html)

The sign on the sign. ( on the otherside.)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Variuos%20photos/MinsterThanetsign_zps21da1954.jpg) (http://s278.photobucket.com/user/colinhaggart/media/Variuos%20photos/MinsterThanetsign_zps21da1954.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: merc on August 24, 2014, 19:53:06
Borstal
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: grandarog on July 09, 2015, 22:15:19
Harbledown .today.
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: kyn on May 01, 2016, 20:29:44
Linton
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: kyn on May 11, 2016, 22:03:48
Ickham
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: kyn on July 17, 2016, 17:27:37
East Farleigh
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: kyn on January 13, 2017, 21:00:51
Chislet
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: kyn on February 05, 2017, 18:08:25
East Langdon and St. Margaret's at-Cliffe
Title: Re: Kent Village & Town Signs
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on January 22, 2018, 21:51:36
Link to 202 photos of Kent village signs Adisham to Yalding.
http://www.geograph.org.uk/article/Kent-Village-Signs (http://www.geograph.org.uk/article/Kent-Village-Signs)