The sign, which stands in the middle of the Southgate's roundabout, was taken down after it was found to have suffered weather damage. It was repaired by a specialist firm of sign writers in April 2017.
The sign has been completely stripped and repainted, and parts of the wood that had rotted have been repaired or replaced. One part that was re-carved was the dragon that one side of the sign depicts St Margaret of Antioch, the patron saint of Lynn, defeating. The other side of the sign depicts Henry Bell, the architect of Lynn’s famous Custom House.
The shields and scrolls at the top of the sign were also replaced. The shield shows the town’s arms, with the pelican crest Lynn adopted in the 18th century sitting on top.
The tradition of town signs has its origins on the Royal Estate, a few miles up the road from Lynn at Sandringham. King Edward VII thought the signs would help drivers and also highlight interesting village features. Signs soon appeared by the roadside at West Newton, Wolferton and Dersingham.
In 1920 his son Albert, then Duke of York gave a speech commending the usefulness of town signs. From there, they spread across Norfolk, Suffolk and further afield.
Swaffham carver and woodwork teacher Harry Carter is reckoned to have carved more than 200 of them before his death in 1983. For more information on Harry Carter visit Swaffham village sign cache page.
If anybody would like to expand this series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.