Beautiful sleepy old villages which truly reflect the past rural England of Sir John Betjeman.
Heritage Finger Post Signs can still bring some of this old world charm back to your village.
So take a trip down memory lane & revisit the Golden age before 1965, when it all started to change.
Even though most of us live in cities and suburbs, we still subscribe to the vision of England as a pastoral Arcadia a quiet country village where people get on with their lives and mind their own business, free from interference, proud of local traditions.
Far from the self-regarding enclaves of the metropolitan media, this England can still be found.
It is the England of country lanes and sleepy pubs, of village greens and medieval churches, the land of gentle courtesy and dogged pragmatism, the land of Shakespeare, Hardy, Betjeman and Vaughan Williams.
Chiddingstone still has its original Kent embossed village nameplate complete with Invicta Kent white horse shield.
The Beautiful Kent Village of Chiddingstone
This was the location for the filming of
''A Room With A View''
The classic film was set back in 1910 but if you visit here today you will see that nothing has been allowed to change.
The photo below captures a stunning view of Chiddingstone Church from a cornfield behind the village.
Chiddingstone village is just as beautiful today as it was back in 1910
The photo below was taken back in that same year
A pleasant view of Chiddingstone Village Stores from the Churchyard
Chiddingstone has made it all the way to the 21st century & remains totally unspoilt. This is a great achievement thanks to The National Trust. If ever you get the chance to visit this beautiful Kent village its only a short drive from Hever Castle, so you would be able to fit in both attractions on the same day. To find out more about this sleepy English village go to the Wikipedia link below
There is a great tea room in the High Street as well as the famous Castle Inn Pub which is situated at the end of these beautiful old buildings. The entire village High Street is owned by the National Trust, so no nasty door bells, satellite dishes or tv aerials to trash the place !
This is a beautiful clip from the 1985 film
'' A Room With A View ''
It was filmed in Chiddinstone High Street just outside the Parish Church.
Albury In Hertfordshire
This has to be the most filmed village in all England.
It was visited many times in the 1960'S by Mrs Peel & John Steed of the World famous TV series
Buttons Pond In Albury
Mr John Steed & Mrs Emma Peel
Emma Peel tied up to the village ducking stool being submerged in the village pond at Murderesville which in reality was set in the beautiful English village at Albury in Hertfordshire.
In villages such as these we feel that our attractive range of hand crafted bespoke finger Post Signs would really blend into the natural historic beauty of a classic period
English village as well as the surrounding countryside.
We would also like to see some of our vintage traffic signs used within sensitive areas where modern signs would clearly clash.
Emma Peel as always looking the perfect action girl English rose
The Avengers was Great Britain's most successful television export ever, showing in some 49 countries. It showed vast tracks of unspoiled rural country lanes throughout the beautiful English countryside just before it all started to change towards the massed modenisation of our classic old street furniture. Look at the old signs in the episode clip below & note just how free of clutter it all was back in 1967. Again Albury is featured as the perfect unspoiled quintessential English village. I have included some photos of these classic Pre Warboy traffic signs below as we feel that some of them should be now reinstated into historical villages, In particular the vintage No Through Road Sign !
One of our classic 1950's
NO Through Road Signs
This stunning picaresque English village has hardly changed over the last 450 years, in fact this beautiful cottage which is built from old ship timbers is at least 485 years old.
It is such a pleasure to work in some of the most beautiful villages in all England
It is truly a labour of love to drive to a picture postcard sleepy English village like this on a lovely spring morning & then carry out work on properties that are at least 400 years old.
Quintessential English Villages.
It now falls to us to be their custodians for future generations to enjoy
This Is The England That I Love & Dearly Wish To Protect From The Ever Expanding Metropolis
This Is An Iconic Image Of Milk Churns Awaiting Collection By The The Next Steam Train At a Country Branch Line Railway Station
Now do you remember these old Halt at Major Road Ahead signs from the 1950's ?
We restored the one below to its original condition. So now it is back on duty doing what it was designed for.
Why couldn't we not have just left a few of these signs as they have so much character ?
There must be a way of reintroducing some of these signs
into areas of great historical interest.
Preservation orders should go out on any remaining old cast metal signs as sadly there is still a Philistine approach towards them by some local authorities.
Just with the lifting of my stick the cast metal vintage parking sign drops down from Waiting Limited to No Waiting This Side Today.
In the good old days this provided shop keepers with equal parking on either side of the street.
This Is Me Out On Site Looking After The Railway Station Finger post Sign At Horsted Keynes In Sussex
These Are Some Of My Old Vintage Signs On Display For People To Enjoy That Trip Down Memory Lane
When I was a boy we had one of these red triangle steep hill signs situated just outside our house at the top of a
1 in 5 very steep country lane. It had reflective glass beads
& looked very well designed. At some stage in the 1970's it was sadly replaced with a modern sign but I still have a viivid memory of it during the winter of 1967.
These classic old Prewayboy signs are now largely gone form our rural villages & countryside but a few still remain so try & save them by having them restored by us.
It was said that back in the 1920's that the most exciting place on Earth to visit was the Brooklands banked race track in Weybridge Surrey. This was the birth place of classic motor car, motor cycle racing as well as pioneering aviation all the way through to the building of the first Concorde superssonic airliner. Go to the link below to plan your trip to visit
Brooklands Motor & Aviation Museum
I keep feeling the need to return here as often as possible as it is keeping alive our motoring & aviation past
for the great benefit of future generations to enjoy
The Titfield Thunderbolt before & after takes you back to 1952 to the golden days of branch line steam railways.