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Manky Signs

Post by Iain » Fri Dec 23, 2011 00:14

Reading about replacement of old signs in the other topic reminded me of this sign long past its best... A444 Coventry. It really is well overdue for replacement and looks like a panel for the M69 was added sometime in the 80s before the A46 was routed to the east of here.

I wonder if there are any mankier ones than this?!
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Post by a1adam » Fri Dec 23, 2011 00:46

I have a photo of this sign in Whyteleafe from 2002 that was damaged even then. Nearly ten years later and it still hasn't been fixed or replaced.

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Post by CrackersA361 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 01:57

I love these sorts of signs! I think that A444 example actually reads 'A46' on the top, I know it certainly does in the opposite direction, just past the Whitley junction bridge, here.

There's loads in Coventry, some lovely examples of the dark green primary signs from the 1970s, as well as the wide blue border local direction signs too.

There's also a knackered 'no waiting' sign at the end of my road that's clearly been hit at some point, is filthy and very rusty! When I'm back up there I'll definitely get a photo of it on my way to the co-op! :laugh:

Perhaps it says something about Coventry City Council's sign replacement policy? :wink:
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Post by mapboy » Fri Dec 23, 2011 08:27

Coventry has them everywhere! I can't remember if it is still there but there was an old rusted primary route conformation sign for the A444 on the B4113 Leamington Road outside the memorial park.

I have also seen (though it seems to have disappeared now) on the A4114 there was a junction sign that had the A51 on it, not in brackets, though I think this has been taken down.

There also was an old rusty sign on the A38 Droitwich Spa By-pass northbound between the Ombersley and Berry Hill interchanges. The lettering had partly come off so it displayed 'A3': Bromsgrove 6 miles; Birmingham 24 miles.

In Droitwich town centre itself, nearly all the roadsigns along the old A38 still show it as the A38, with primary route status; they have never been changed to reflect the new numbers.

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Post by geo449 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 09:01

Well, there is always this ye old Worboys sign. Can you make out what it says?

At least it's still very dark green!
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Post by parristim » Fri Dec 23, 2011 09:02

We were trying to get to Chorley FM last weekend and had to divert (I'd checked and found no mention that the Woodhead was closed :( ) and passed this beaut http://g.co/maps/ep4zx

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Post by Bryn666 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 09:47

Yes, there used to be loads of original ADS around the M62 - Kirklees have slowly got rid of them all bar that one.

It's a bit poor that 41 years after the motorway opened the signs are still there to be honest.
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Post by kit » Fri Dec 23, 2011 09:58

This is the oldest sign I have ever seen on the HA network: -

http://g.co/maps/pm44b

Not sure of it's date but it's not reflective so must be pretty old - it obviously predates the M40 and realignment of the A34 & A44. It's in pretty good nick though so I hope it stays!
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Post by dragonv480 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:17

No examples, but Huddersfield and surrounding areas have their fair share of green signs with letters peeling off that are clearly from the 70s and 80s, including huge roundabout direction signs.

**EDIT:** OK, I couldn't resist finding one of many examples.

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Post by geo449 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:26

It was interesting seeing this when coming back from the Halifax/Elland awayday last year.

I say "see" it, it was at night and the only things I could see were the reflected boarders around the blue patches! Everything else didn't reflect at all so it was a good thing I knew where I was going! :shock:

If I remember correctly that sign has been replaced by something a little more visable now?
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Post by SC2 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:47

kit wrote:This is the oldest sign I have ever seen on the HA network: -

http://g.co/maps/pm44b

Not sure of it's date but it's not reflective so must be pretty old - it obviously predates the M40 and realignment of the A34 & A44. It's in pretty good nick though so I hope it stays!
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Post by Truvelo » Fri Dec 23, 2011 15:11

How about these where the numbers are no longer visible :shock:
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Post by CrackersA361 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 15:38

mapboy wrote:Coventry has them everywhere! I can't remember if it is still there but there was an old rusted primary route conformation sign for the A444 on the B4113 Leamington Road outside the memorial park.
Just had a look on Streetview and couldn't see it sadly.

The main route south out of the city towards the A46 yields other examples too:

These overhead signs on a footbridge, though the left arrow for main traffic has now been concealed now the flyover has been reduced to a single lane.

I particularly like this one!

Then there's this very well preserved one on the A4114 Holyhead Road towards the A45.
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Post by irrelevant » Fri Dec 23, 2011 15:49

I know it's only a warning sign, but I have absolutely no idea what this sign is/was...

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Post by Mattemotorway » Fri Dec 23, 2011 16:22

There used to be a good example, not so long ago on the A614 in Howden... But that's now been replaced... (Certainly was replaced by September 2008!)

So I'll raise this one instead! I'm not completely sure if it's still there (The pic also dates from September 2008!), and it's not as old as other examples, but it's definately original to the road! (1987 vintage, LOL!)

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll= ... .35,,1,1.7

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Post by a1adam » Fri Dec 23, 2011 16:26

Here's a strange one in Newick, East Sussex.

It's not so much that the sign is manky, just incredibly (ie centuries!) out of date. The right hand direction to Winchester is fine - the A272 does indeed lead all the way to Winchester. But Canterbury to the left? Well, maybe in the 1500s, when Pilgrims would traverse this stretch of road between the two cities.

The A272 itself goes nowhere near Canterbury, and I can't imagine many of the good citizens of Newick making the pilgrimage to Canterbury today. To do it they would probably use the A272-A267-A265-A229-A268-A28. Not exactly a direct route, and a darn sight further than Brighton, Lewes, Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, East Grinstead and many other little towns that it would actually be quite helpful to signpost from Newick!

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Post by Bryn666 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 16:33

dragonv480 wrote:No examples, but Huddersfield and surrounding areas have their fair share of green signs with letters peeling off that are clearly from the 70s and 80s, including huge roundabout direction signs.

**EDIT:** OK, I couldn't resist finding one of many examples.

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Post by haymansafc » Fri Dec 23, 2011 18:18

The A51 has a couple of beauties. This, just south of Nantwich for example. It’s been there for as long as I can personally remember and was pretty tatty some twenty years ago.

For Algae/moss, this gets a regular coating on it due to the nearby trees. There are occasional attempts to scrub it up (it’s had another in recent weeks as it happens) but it often goes a few years at a time almost entirely covered with near enough nothing legible.
Truvelo wrote:How about these where the numbers are no longer visible :shock:
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Post by vlad » Fri Dec 23, 2011 20:05

This one has now gone unfortunately (swap to the other carriageway to see its replacement).

Staffordshire CC seem to have binged on replacing signs this year. Some really old ones like this and this are unfortunately also now deceased.

Stoke CC, on the other hand, don't currently have the money to replace signs like this that badly need it. :)
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Post by c2R » Fri Dec 23, 2011 20:22

irrelevant wrote:I know it's only a warning sign, but I have absolutely no idea what this sign is/was...
I particularly like the dead lamp above it!
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