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Sign posts?

Postby Julia » Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:53 pm

When did sign posts on roads start to appear in the UK and what form did they take?

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Re: Sign posts?

Postby Medicus Matt » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:15 pm

Roman milestones, 1st century AD any good to you?

I think milestones remain the norm until the advent of Fingerposts. Don't know when that was but the oldest extant one is this one near Chipping Camden, dated 1669:-

http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/index.php?title=File:Finger_Post_Chipping_Camden_-_Coppermine_-_723.jpg

You might find this interesting as well:-

http://www.bsswebsite.me.uk/A%20Short%20History%20of/waymarks.html


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Re: Sign posts?

Postby DanceswithCows » Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:03 pm

Ooo! My family is thought to be responsible for the oldest surviving 'fingerpost' in the country, known as Joseph Izod's Fingerpost in Chipping Camden! I'm a ye olde transport geek and never thought anyone would be interested in that little claim to fame :D it dates back to 1669, but that's just the oldest surviving post, not the oldest ever, so you can go back at least as far as then fro fingerposts. Will dig out some of my stuff and check up for a more accurate start date :)




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