Road signs have never attracted the interest that railway signs have, perhaps because they are so commonplace. There have been direction signs ever since man began to travel, and boundary signs, too, have a long history. Warning signs, however, did not become necessary until cycling and motoring became established at the end of the nineteenth century. Since then the British government has sought to regulate all aspects of traffic signage, and signs are often altered to keep abreast of developments, but nevertheless signs from bygone days can still be observed along Britain’s highways today.
About the author
Stuart Hands was brought up in Cornwall near the border with Devon, and thus early in life he became aware of boundaries. This led to an interest in boundary markers and then in fingerposts. He photographed many of these fast disappearing artefacts while travelling throughout Britain in the course of his work. He collected traffic signs for eventual display, and these can now be seen at Dingles Steam Village at Lifton in Devon.
Table of Contents
Beginnings Wardning, mandatory, regulatory and prohibition signs Direction signs Boundary and other location signs Further reading Places to visit