The Thetford town sign disappeared earlier this summer. Up until recently, it stood at an obscure part of London Road, close to the cemetery. As a casual passer-by you may not have noticed it, and you certainly won’t now. After a few fruitless online searches, Peels4U popped down to the site to look for clues.
As of my visit on 15th August, the base and supports are still there, yet there’s no notice about where it’s gone. I left wondering if the sign was being repaired, had been stolen, or was taken down to be moved elsewhere.
The Thetford town sign, as seen here in situ, depicted famous local resident Thomas Paine, an influential figure in the American Revolution. You can still see a statue of Paine on King Street, outside Thetford Town Council. Speaking of whom, there’s as yet no mention of the missing sign on TTC’s News page. If you have any information, please leave a comment below.
Did you know?
Village signs, also used in towns, most likely originate in Norfolk. The story goes that Edward VII started the trend in the early part of the 20th Century. According to this article, the king commissioned four signs for villages on the Sandringham Estate “as a means of fostering community spirit and identity”. The idea caught on, and other signs began popping up across the country to showcase local history and pride. Norfolk remains at the forefront of this trend, boasting over 500 examples across our county.
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