Norfolk – A History Through Its Village Signs”
by Mike Weatherstone
Almost every village and town in Norfolk has its own sign and this unique book tells the fascinating story of almost all of them.
Published in 2014 it went straight to the top of the “Jarrolds” best-seller list for local books. Printed on superb quality high-gloss 3D paper, the professional full colour images stand out from the page. Comprising 233 pages in A5 format, this is the most comprehensive book ever written on the famous Norfolk village signs.
450 villages, with a brief history of each one and its sign, make this book a wonderful and fascinating gift. It is invaluable to anyone seeking their roots in Norfolk.
The tradition of these beautifully designed and crafted signs showing the history of the village was begun on the royal estate at Sandringham, encouraged by King Edward VII and every monarch since when staying in their beloved Norfolk. They rapidly spread to many other counties of England.
From local legends and myths, factual stories from Saxon, Viking and Norman occupations, to events through every period of our history until the present day, they create a snapshot of life in England throughout an often turbulent history.
Tales of giants and terrifying wolves, saints and sinners, rebellions and wicked princesses abound. Local heroes, including Admiral Nelson and Nurse Edith Cavell, tell their stories.
From the contribution made to world events, including helping to stave off the Spanish Armada, the part our smallest communities took in protecting Great Britain during the dark days of WWII, to the story of the tiny village hosting the longest strike in England, this book tells the story of our country as seen from the village signs of one of its most beautiful counties – Norfolk.