Mendip Hills village signposts revealed after restoration

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 June 2015

A restored finger post at Ellick Road, in Blagdon.

A restored finger post at Ellick Road, in Blagdon.

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HISTORIC finger posts in several villages have been restored to their former glory in a move expected to have a ‘positive impact on tourism’.

Five signs have been given a new look at busy junctions in Blagdon, Burrington and Burrington Combe, thanks to funding from the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and Blagdon Parish Council.

The restorations bring the number of signs which have been renovated across the Mendips to 16.

A spokesman from the Mendip Hills AONB Partnership said: “Restoration of finger posts in other AONBs and National Parks has had a positive impact on tourism, which is an important part of any local economy, but has also provided an environmental improvement which has been appreciated by local communities.

“The restoration process involves cleaning, pattern making, casting of new signs to replace broken and missing fingers and painting. Unofficial signs placed on the posts have also been removed.

“A new collar with the name of the junction, the grid reference and a statement saying ‘Mendip Hills’ has been added to each post. These are designed to aid visitors and to simply let people know they are within the AONB.”

The original posts date from as far back as the 1900s, and the Mendip Hills AONB Partnership has worked with relevant highway authorities since 2012 to restore the markers.

A partnership spokesman explained: “As there were no guidelines in the 1900s as to how fingerposts should look, each local council developed signs which had their own identities.

“This meant that as Somerset County Council once covered the whole of the AONB, most fingerposts in and near the AONB have a county council finial on the top.

“These have been retained as part of the area’s heritage, although council boundaries have since changed.”

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