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Fox-hunting depicted on the village sign at Easton in Suffolk.

This very colourful village sign at Great Ryburgh in Norfolk depicts villagers enjoying a May fair.  The fair that used to be held here every year was famous for its gooseberry pies.  The sign, made by Harry Carter of Swaffham, was erected in 1976 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee Year of the Women’s Institute.

For those of us who believe in witches, here’s one who comes complete with her pointed hat, long chin, broomstick and cat.  Made of wrought iron, she sits on top of a weather vane on a house in Gissing, Norfolk.

The village sign at Fressingfield in Suffolk illustrates in wrought iron a pilgrim with his horse.  Fressingfield is situated on the junction of five roads, and many pilgrims used to pass through on their way from Dunwich to Bury St. Edmunds.  The sign was erected in 1954 in commemora-tion of the Queen’s coronation. It has since been painted.

Left is a photo of the village sign at Ixworth.  Ixworth was originally established close to the Icknield Way which was used by the Iceni people before the Romans came to England.  When the Romans arrived they extended this thoroughfare to give us the Peddar’s Way.  This long-distance walk (as we call it today) extends from Colchester in the south to the north Norfolk coast.  Since Ixworth is close to the path, it has long since been associated with travellers.  The sign depicts a man leading three pack horses along a leafy lane.  It was designed by Brian Gaze and erected in 1983.

Village sign with mermaid at Hedenham in Norfolk. The mermaid is the emblem of the Garney family, who were once local benefactors.  She is holding a Roman urn which symbolises the Roman kiln that was found nearby.

The mermaid on the left with her long blond flowing hair like the one above at Hedenham is on an inn sign at Elsing in Nofolk.

The muscular fellow above is of-course Neptune, god of the sea.  He stands on the sea front at Lowestoft.

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