This is another "not an actual blog" post of a new place or a site. Similarly to the previously published post on the Chinese settlement signs, it is a good 'virtual place' for you to come to find all my photos of - this time - English settlement signs. Don't be confused by the name! Since the United Kingdom is composed of four main countries (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland), this post includes signs from only England; only the ones that we have taken only, of course. So it is a photo collection including welcome signs, city limit signs, boundary signs, places, and anything else that have administrative boundaries and have signs. I call all of these 'settlement signs'.
In the UK, it is very easy to identify a settlement sign. In England, especially, they are normally written in black fonts with a white background which is altogether set against a yellow background, and above the name of the place, the speed limit is displayed. Usually, but there are always exceptions. Small villages and hamlets do not always have entrance signs. In this case, a metal directional sign is placed usually in the centre of the settlement, which has a large, round, sometimes ring-shaped top. This top displays the name of the place. There are settlements in England that sometimes have both the standard black-white-yellow boundary signs and the round metal pole ones together. There are also cases when none of the above is true and the sign is simply brown, or blue, or green, or any other, and can have totally unique shapes too. In this collection, I will show examples of all the options that we have found so far.
The main good thing, however, is that the majority of places in England have signs and they come in their standard look and design. Since, we have over 500 settlement sign photos from England (this does not count Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) and we have separate albums available online where you can see all of them, this post is only a highlight of our favourite photos.
Since we spend a lot of time outdoors and often find new signs, this post will be regularly updated with photos and also information. So, come back often and have a look what is new or keep an eye on our social media newsfeeds for updates.
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Last updated: 03.08.2021.
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