"The village sign is a traditional emblem with origins dating back to the medieval village cross, which served both as a landmark and a talisman to ward off evil. Each sign is an original work, which will enhance your village and become part of its history"
This slide show includes some of our pierced metal village signs. Just click the picture to see a larger view, or to pause the slide show!
This unique sign commemorates the Centenary of the First World War 1914 ~ This is a copyrighted drawing of the proposed village sign which was to commemorate the anniversary of the Great War 1914 to 1918 hence the red poppies in the foreground. It also depicts the village church, along with a horse and plough and the date of 2014.
The origin of the name of the village may lie in the Saxon word ‘rither’ meaning hill or deriving from the word meaning ‘cattle landing place’. Riverhead was an early settlement that grew in size during Saxon times as traffic on the pilgrim routes between Canterbury and Winchester increased. The prosperity of the village during Georgian times is indicated by the high proportion of households that had to pay Hearth Tax on their properties, also depicted is the local church of St Mary the Virgin.
The sheep and cows represent the fact that this was a mainly agricultural village. The village's name is from the Old English middel for "Middle" and tun meaning farm or settlement and the second part of the name appears to be from "Malsoures", the name of a prominent local family added much later. The first recorded mention of the village is in the days of William the Conqueror and the Domesday Book. It also has an image of the old school house and the church of Holy Cross.
Our Pierced Metal signs are generally made from 5mm steel plate using a combination of traditional age-old hand forging techniques coupled with modern day laser, or water jet cutting techniques .
Each sign is first cut and pierced, then the wrought iron scrollwork is added. The sign is then finished in a black stove enamel to achieve the hi contrast silhouette design before any other colours are added by hand.
The finished sign is generally mounted onto a single oak post, but could also be mounted on a brick, or stone plinth built by your own local builder.
The detailed drawing above is typical of what you will get for your approval, so you will be able to see exactly what your sign will look like, before we start production.