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Re: Manky Signs

Post by avtur » Sun Apr 21, 2019 08:58

This sign currently sits at the side of the B2112 about half a mile south of Ditchling.

Stating the obvious, I think it has seen better days ...


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Re: Manky Signs

Post by Worcestershire Wolf » Mon May 06, 2019 20:53

If you look back through the years on streetview, you can see the letters slowly dropping off this one in Stourbridge. Wonder how long it will be till they all fall off!

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.45774 ... 8192?hl=en

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by lefthandedspanner » Sat May 18, 2019 17:50

These two faded warning signs near Outlane most likely went up when the M62 round Huddersfield was built (early 1970s.)

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by dseagull » Sat May 18, 2019 21:51

This Street View capture was taken in 2014. Sign still hasn't been replaced - just about visible still!

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by JamesWindle » Tue Jul 16, 2019 22:07

New to this site so apologies if I haven't done this correctly.

Here are two examples from my lifetime. The first one is a direction sign at the bottom of the unclassified Carr Hall Road in Barrowford, Lancashire. Clearly old as predates the opening of the M65 motorway hence the 'Colne 'A56':-

https://www.google.com/maps/@53.8418602 ... 312!8i6656

Secondly remembered from my Uni days in Reading a candidate for manky gantry on the approach to the IDR. Even though the main sign looks to have been replaced the back lit one to the left and external lamp at the top look original. There used to be another back lit one on the actual IDR but this has been removed:-


https://www.google.com/maps/@51.450482, ... 312!8i6656

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by crazyknightsfan » Thu Jul 25, 2019 04:20

What beauty - A68 approaching A69 at Corbridge
https://goo.gl/maps/WTV9tbf17AopeywM6

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by Viator » Thu Jul 25, 2019 06:01

JamesWindle wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 22:07
New to this site so apologies if I haven't done this correctly.

Here are two examples from my lifetime. The first one is a direction sign at the bottom of the unclassified Carr Hall Road in Barrowford, Lancashire. Clearly old as predates the opening of the M65 motorway hence the 'Colne 'A56':-

https://www.google.com/maps/@53.8418602 ... 312!8i6656

Secondly remembered from my Uni days in Reading a candidate for manky gantry on the approach to the IDR. Even though the main sign looks to have been replaced the back lit one to the left and external lamp at the top look original. There used to be another back lit one on the actual IDR but this has been removed:-

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.450482, ... 312!8i6656
Hi, James,and welcome to SABRE. (No apologies needed BTW: images present and correct -- well, present and manky :) )

The second is a particularly egregious example of a signing "solution" that appears to have been designed by a committee of half a dozen stubbornly independently minded individuals. I notice that GSV has photographed this inelegant comprehension-test of an array no fewer than 10 times. Most of the shots also demonstrate the ill-advisedness of the method chosen for illuminating the main panel: those "kitchen spotlights" more often than not cast daytime shadows onto the sign that further blur the message.

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by the cheesecake man » Mon Jul 29, 2019 13:27

Rolling stones gather no moss but stationary signs sometimes do.

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Post by Bryn666 » Mon Jul 29, 2019 21:32

crazyknightsfan wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 04:20
What beauty - A68 approaching A69 at Corbridge
https://goo.gl/maps/WTV9tbf17AopeywM6
Especially weird being so old yet still having the junction identifier - these weren't in the regs until 1994 but that sign is from the early 80s by the look of it!
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Re: Manky Signs

Post by crazyknightsfan » Mon Aug 05, 2019 02:29

https://goo.gl/maps/cVqT2t2FiSbK4Tv78
A beauty in Newcastle for the A167(M)

What is the unusual panel on the right hand side of the sign? An early variable message panel?

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Post by Chris5156 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 13:40

crazyknightsfan wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 02:29
https://goo.gl/maps/cVqT2t2FiSbK4Tv78
A beauty in Newcastle for the A167(M)

What is the unusual panel on the right hand side of the sign? An early variable message panel?
Yes, it's a rollerblind. Part of the alternative message on the blind can be seen at the top because it hasn't rolled all the way up. I doubt it works any more.

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by crazyknightsfan » Mon Aug 05, 2019 13:51

Chris5156 wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 13:40
crazyknightsfan wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 02:29
https://goo.gl/maps/cVqT2t2FiSbK4Tv78
A beauty in Newcastle for the A167(M)

What is the unusual panel on the right hand side of the sign? An early variable message panel?
Yes, it's a rollerblind. Part of the alternative message on the blind can be seen at the top because it hasn't rolled all the way up. I doubt it works any more.
Fascinating. The concept of a rollerblind VMS never even entered my mind!
I wonder what would have prompted the need for a variable message? Tunnels are the usual suspect but was there an opening bridge or something that required diversion of traffic in the past?

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by Chris Bertram » Mon Aug 05, 2019 13:56

Chris5156 wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 13:40
crazyknightsfan wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 02:29
https://goo.gl/maps/cVqT2t2FiSbK4Tv78
A beauty in Newcastle for the A167(M)

What is the unusual panel on the right hand side of the sign? An early variable message panel?
Yes, it's a rollerblind. Part of the alternative message on the blind can be seen at the top because it hasn't rolled all the way up. I doubt it works any more.
Probably heavily rusted up. Roadsigns with moving parts need regular maintenance, and this looks like it's had none.
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Re: Manky Signs

Post by danfw194 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 16:53

This one on the A1 is still standing: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.8932457 ... 56!5m1!1e1

The sign is very indicative of the A1 in this region, old and not really fit-for-purpose.

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by the cheesecake man » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:30

I spotted this mess on the A1(M) recently. Crudely patched numbers and blueness peeling off to reveal the substrate. How's it got in such a bad state? Nothing else along there has.

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by crazyknightsfan » Tue Aug 13, 2019 03:36

The B842/B8001 jct on Kintyre has some of the mankiest direction signs I've ever seen

https://goo.gl/maps/pUuMt6A1CrhfHy3W7
https://goo.gl/maps/gwaUHBSTx2S2SChW7
https://goo.gl/maps/5vMcvq61kFLD6zDAA

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by c2R » Tue Aug 13, 2019 08:18

Viator wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 06:01
JamesWindle wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 22:07

Secondly remembered from my Uni days in Reading a candidate for manky gantry on the approach to the IDR. Even though the main sign looks to have been replaced the back lit one to the left and external lamp at the top look original. There used to be another back lit one on the actual IDR but this has been removed:-

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.450482, ... 312!8i6656
The second is a particularly egregious example of a signing "solution" that appears to have been designed by a committee of half a dozen stubbornly independently minded individuals. I notice that GSV has photographed this inelegant comprehension-test of an array no fewer than 10 times. Most of the shots also demonstrate the ill-advisedness of the method chosen for illuminating the main panel: those "kitchen spotlights" more often than not cast daytime shadows onto the sign that further blur the message.

I'm a fan of the lorry route to Oxford panel on the left of the gantry there - so old that it's practially unintelligible.
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Re: Manky Signs

Post by Octaviadriver » Sat Aug 17, 2019 22:39

This one on the A40 approaching Abergavenny on the A40 from Raglan. If you go back to previous street views, the triangle on the offside shows as having slipped down over the notice below since 2015 (and is still like this today) and the triangle on the nearside goes from red in 2008 to obscurity by 2018.
https://goo.gl/maps/xjo15X9aW7P1qaGH7

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Re: Manky Signs

Post by crazyknightsfan » Wed Sep 18, 2019 05:26

Two beauties on Fosse Way, including a blue-bordered ADS
https://goo.gl/maps/885t6yt3axP1h9B96

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