Written by Jonathan Rudd
There are plenty of old and interesting signs to look out for as you travel around Yorkshire. Some no longer exist, but are very much part of the region’s history. Others are still very much in evidence and add character to journeys around the county.
Old County Signs
These county signs no longer exist and were taken just before the land east of the Derwent was restored to its rightful place in Yorkshire in 1996.. Please share this post with all your Southern friends who still think this county still exists. It hasn’t for twenty years!
Pre Worboys Signs
Before 1963, road signs looked like this. That was until wartime cartographer, Herbert Spencer wrote an essay outlining how chaotic Britain’s road signs were. This was passed onto the Government of the day, who formed a committee led by Sir Walter Warboys to design new British road signs, much like ones we see today. The colour-coding system, did not not come in until the mid 1980s. There are still a few pre 1963 signs dotted around the county, including this one in Wetherby taken in 2013.
Yorks WR signs
Way back when (well between 1889-1974), West Riding was not just confined to the Leeds/Huddersfield areas, but stretched from the Derbyshire border right up to the Lake District. It also incorporated the city of York and what is now South Yorkshire, which did not even exist! In 1974 the boundaries of the Ridings changed forever to the ones we see today. Humberside and Cleveland, which were also created, but abolished in 1996 .There are still some old signs, which still have an annulus on the top bearing the “Yorks. W.R moniker.” This stands for The County of York and West Riding. These old signposts date back to this time, as shown in this picture of a sign in Oxspring, South Yorkshire.
Milestones have been used throughout the world since Roman Times to display the distance between two places. Although their use has since diminished due to faster motorised transport, there are still plenty of these milestones to spot as you travel through Yorkshire.
And finally….Broad Yorkshire Signs
If you visit the Goodmanham Arms in East Yorkshire you may come across this polite instruction to duck before entering. Good advice indeed to save the sore head until the morning…at least for the passengers…