This book is unique and shot straight to the top of the Jarrolds best-seller for local books list when published in 2014. It has 233 pages, A5 format, printed on high gloss 3D paper and is the most comprehensive book ever written on the famous Norfolk village signs.
450 villages, all with professional full colour photographs and a brief history of the sign. Makes a wonderful and fascinating gift and 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.
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.
Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of full colour, professional photographs, this is the most comprehensive book on the village signs of Norfolk ever written and will provide a wealth of historical fact to keep the reader fascinated.