Most villages have a church that has been the most prominent and important building
in the parish for many centuries. So it is hardly surprising that a large number
of village signs depict a church as their main subject. The following are a few
Beside the church here at Yaxham in Norfolk is a man holding a scroll of paper. He
represents the poet William Cowper who died in 1800. It was the local rector, the
Rev. John Johnson, a relative of his, who brought him here. The sign was made by
Harry Carter and was presented by Mr. Temple in memory of his wife Sheila who died
The church at Bunwell in Norfolk dates from the fifteenth century. The bricks and
tools lying in front of the church symbolise the local brick-making industry. The
sign was designed by Richard Costello and it was erected in 1992 in memory of Ron
The church depicted on the sign at Thorpe Abbotts in Norfolk is joined by the village
pump, another major feature in the centre of the village. The sign was erected in
1992 in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the 100th Bomb
Group Association USA at Thorpe Abbotts airfield. Notice the plane at the top of
the sign (left).
This black wrought-iron village sign at Bramfield in Suffolk shows the 700-year-old
church tower as it stands twenty feet away from the rest of the church.
A church is depicted on a house plaque on the garden wall of the old rectory at Great
Blakenham in Suffolk.
There are two churches at Repps with Bastwick in Norfolk, one of which (at Bastwick)
is now in ruins.
The wrought iron sign was made by Rodney Cranwell.
The church at Creeting St. Mary stands on high ground beside the River Gipping.
This cast metal sign (above) was made by Dick Gadsby. The river at Hopton, represented
below the church, is the Little Ouse.
The village sign at Coddenham in Suffolk (pictured below) was designed by Mr. Baker
and made by Stuart Hill of Claydon in 1981. The church is the main subject, but
there are three motifs underneath it: a Roman Centurion’s helmet, which represents
the Roman occupation here, a pig, which is the emblem of the Bacon family who built
the Hall here, and the windmill, which represents the mill that was working here
until the beginning of the twentieth century.
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The bridge by the church depicted in the village sign at Attlebridge crosses the
The village sign at Dennington in Suffolk depicts the church of St. Mary.
Right: The village sign at Thornham Parva in Suffolk also depicts a local church
dedicated to Mary.