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The villages and towns have a tradition of erecting an ornate painted sign, depicting the past, often trades or historical events.

An Introduction to Norfolk Village Signs

Aylsham
Sea Palling
Blakeney
West Somerton
Mundesley

The villages and towns of Norfolk have a tradition of adorning themselves with ornate painted signs, which depict the past, be it fact or legend, and often reflect traditional trades or historical events. These painted signs can be found on the green, or at the entrance to the town or village, they are well worth trying to find during your visit.

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Here is our pick of some of the best village signs in Norfolk


Heacham Hunstanton
Heacham Village Sign
Heacham Village sign, showing Pocahontas
Hunstanton Sign
Hunstanton Town Sign

Cley next the Sea Holt
Wells Village Sign
Close up of the village Sign
Owl Town Sign
Holt Town Sign, featuring an owl

Blakeney Potter Heigham
Blakeney
Blakeney village sign
Potter Heigham
Potter Heigham village sign

Stalham Sutton
Stalham Town Sign
Stalham village sign
Sutton Village Sign
Sutton village sign

The Pedlar of Swaffham!

Town Sign
Market Shipborough and Swaffham Town Sign
The town sign depicts the legend of John Chapman "The Pedlar of Swaffham". John had a dream that if he went to London Bridge he would hear good news. When the dream was repeated the following night, John packed his bag and walked to London with his dog. He stood on London Bridge waiting for the promised news. As the hours passed, a shopkeeper who had been watching him asked if he needed help. John told him his dream, and the shopkeeper laughed, saying that if he believed in dreams he would be in a place called Swaffham, where ever that was, digging up gold under the apple tree of a man called Chapman, but he didn't believe in dreams. John quickly made his way home to Swaffham and dug under his apple tree where he found a small pot filled with gold coins. He hid the coins and cleaned the pot, finding a strange inscription. As he couldn't understand the inscription he put the pot in his shop. A few weeks later a monk entered the shop and after picking up the pot, he translated the inscription ...

'Under me doth lie, another richer far than I'

When the monk had gone, John quickly dug under his apple tree again, much deeper this time, and eventually found a much larger pot again filled with gold. Soon after, the inhabitants of Swaffham decided to rebuild the church, and were very surprised to find John offering to pay for the north aisle and the tower!!

Sea Palling Salhouse
Sea Palling
Sea Palling village sign
Salhouse
Salhouse village sign

Ludham South Walsham
Ludham
Ludham village sign
South Walsham
South Walsham village sign

Hickling Woodbastwick
Hickling
Hickling village sign
Woodbastwick
Woodbastwick village sign

Mundesley Aylsham
Mundesley
Mundesley village sign
Wroxham
Aylsham town sign

Reedham Barton Turf
Reedham Village Sign
Reedham Village Sign
Barton Turf Village Sign
Barton Turf village Sign

Winterton on Sea Weybourne
Winterton Village Sign
Winterton on sea village sign, sea scene
Wybourne Village Sign
Weybourne Village Sign

 
 
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