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Broomfield gets a sign…

- New 'old' signs for Broomfield

Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 22 January 2013

Broomfield gets a sign… Broomfield, which is where the ‘Thunder and Lightening man’ Andrew Crosse experimented with electricity, 200 years ago, got new old-style signs last week.

Last week I was out with regular volunteers Dave and Chris and our new full-time volunteer Nick, putting up new ‘old style’ village signs for the settlement of Broomfield. As Broomfield is the highest settlement in the AONB at 600 feet, we had a good amount of snow keeping us company!

These signs have been  based on the old A Road County Boundary road signs (replacing the Somerset Wyvern (dragon) with our own buzzard logo) and they were made at Cerdic Foundries in Chard, where our heritage road sign replacements were also made.  I’ve been involved in the project to put these signs into the Quantock Villages now for 11 years, it has been a long term project. Now, very nearly all villages in the Quantock Hills have these distinctive signs, which help to make it clear that you are in a protected landscape, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  So whether you are in Kingston St. Mary or Nether Stowey you’ll know that you are in the Quantocks.  Only West and East Quantoxhead and Triscombe to go until we have the full quota, so come on you three apply for funding!!

These signs have been funded through the AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund with Broomfield Parish Council.



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