On Sunday, I was travelling back from Diss when I noticed that the Roydon village sign was missing. Until recently, it stood outside the Village Hall on an unusual base, which features a bench built into classic East Anglian knapped flint walls. It’s now in a sorry state, with only the post and the base remaining.
As we saw with Thetford’s missing town sign last week, Roydon’s local press and parish council are mysteriously silent on the matter. Ironically, whilst doing some research, I came across an article published in the Diss Express last week about a local man, Andrew Tullett, who plans to “[photograph] every village sign in Norfolk”. I wonder if anyone has told him that he now has 2 fewer examples to visit.
The Roydon village sign, seen here in situ, depicted the nearby St Remigius Church, a fine example of the county’s stock of round-tower churches. A plaque on the post says that it was “unveiled… on September 14th 1991.” 26 years later, do you know where it could be? If so, please leave a comment below.
Did you know?
Like village signs, round-tower churches are another Norfolk speciality. Of 185 existing examples in England, over 120 are in this county. The Anglo-Saxons are credited with the innovation, although it’s unclear why they chose this method. One explanation is that the aforementioned building material of choice, knapped flint, made it difficult to construct corners. Whatever the reason, they are a beautiful local tradition that adds to Norfolk’s unique appeal.
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