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A village sign in some areas of Englandmarker is a symbol of a village's history, heritage, or culture. They differ from regular road signs in that they are decorative, with the designs usually depicting some aspect of the history of the village. Sometimes made of cast iron or carved in wood, the designs are often made by the local community.

The tradition of village signs started in Norfolk early in the 20th century when Edward VII suggested having signs to focus the identity of the villages around the Sandringham Estate.

In 1929 Harry Carter, an art and woodwork master at Hamonds Grammar School (which now serves as the sixth form buildings for Hamond's high schoolmarker in Swaffhammarker), carved a sign for his home town. When he died in 1983 he had carved over 200 town and village signs.

While the practice is now widespread, decorative village signs are still common in Norfolk and in the neighbouring county of Suffolk as well as Essex and other eastern/east anglian counties.Some village signs are actually sculptures like the one at Capel St.Andrew, in Suffolk, which is constructed from scrap metal.

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Image:Beeston Regis village sign.jpg|Beeston Regismarker, Norfolk. .Image:Weybourne Village sign.jpg|Weybournemarker, Norfolk. .Image:East Runton Village Sign (1).jpg|East Runtonmarker, Norfolk. .Image:High Kelling 22nd October 2007 (1).JPG|High Kellingmarker, Norfolk.Image:Northrepps Village Sign 23rd Oct 2007.JPG|Northreppsmarker, Norfolk. .Image:Overstrand Village Sign 23rd Oct 2007 (2).JPG|Overstrandmarker, Norfolk. .Image:West Runton 4 Dec 2006 (3).JPG|West Runtonmarker, Norfolk.Image:Gresham Village Sign 25th October 2007.JPG|Greshammarker, Norfolk.Image:Felbrigg Village Sign 25th Oct 2007 (2).JPG|Felbriggmarker, Norfolk.Image:West Beckham Village Sign.JPG|West Beckhammarker, Norfolk.Image:Hempstead Village Sign October 25th 2007 (1).JPG|Hempsteadmarker, Norfolk.Image:Spratton Village sign (3).JPG|Sprattonmarker in Northamptonshiremarker.Image:Horsham St Faiths Village Sign 2nd November 2007 (1).JPG|Horsham St Faithmarker, NorfolkImage:Gayton Village Sign.png|Gaytonmarker, West Norfolk.Image:Gimingham Village Sign 10 Nov 2007 (3).JPG|Giminghammarker, Norfolk.Image:Sustead Village sign 10 Nov 2007.JPG|Susteadmarker, Norfolk.Image:Trunch Village sign 10 Nov 2007 (2).JPG|Trunchmarker, Norfolk.Image:Sprowstonsign.JPG|Sprowstonmarker, Norfolk.Image:200px-EAST HARLINGsign.jpg|East Harlingmarker, Norfolk.Image:DSC00507.jpg|Corton,SuffolkmarkerImage:Little Bentley TM1125 263.jpg|Little Bentleymarker, EssexImage:Sanderstead TQ3461 293.jpg|Sandersteadmarker, CroydonmarkerImage:Leaves Green 008.jpg|Leaves Greenmarker, BromleymarkerImage:Lower Southrepps Village sign 1st September 2008 (9).JPG|Lower Southreppsmarker, Norfolk

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