Can you identify these villages from the descriptions of their signs?

We all know that Suffolk is blessed with many beautiful and historic towns and villages, many of which we visited in our Suffolk Jewels series a couple of years ago.

But there is an often overlooked example of village creativity and history in many villages and that is in the designs of their signs.

We have selected just a few and given you the description, but can you identify the villages they belong to?


  1. A horse-drawn cart standing next to a mill, along with a church topped by a crown.
  2. A tractor with trailer alongside a horse and a scythe. In the sign’s lower section are a church and some trees.
  3. A man kneeling before a standing woman, both in Elizabethan dress.
  4. A gatehouse supporting an armorial shield and flags
  5. A pilgrim with a pack mule in tow
  6. A three-sided sign, depicting a medieval guildhall, a church and Nissen huts
  7. A workhouse, a church and one house
  8. A blacksmith working at his anvil
  9. A deer, a church’s lychgate, a large oak tree and a man and horse ploughing
  10. A silhouette of a coach and horses
  1. Buxhall – depicting the area’s agricultural heritage and its only pub, the Crown
  2. Bucklesham – depicting agriculture ancient and modern as well as the woodland surrounding the village
  3. Beccles – the image is of Queen Elizabeth I granting the town’s royal charter to John Baas, the first Port Reeve of Beccles in 1584
  4. Erwarton – symbolising its most famous building, Erwarton Hall
  5. Fressingfield – there was a 55-mile pilgrimage from the village to Bury St Edmunds to honour King Edmund after his death.
  6. Lavenham – this depicts several eras from the Middle Ages to the Second World War
  7. Onehouse – a hamlet on the edge of Stowmarket where there was a workhouse
  8. Palgrave – this sign was commissioned in memory of two respected residents, George E. Clarke and Robert B Rolfe but neither was a blacksmith. However the village blacksmith was called Howell.
  9. Rougham – A three dimensional sign in steel showing deer, the church’s lychgate, a large oak tree and a man and horse ploughing, again reflecting the agricultural heritage
  10. Stonham Parva – the silhouette of the coach is to recognise the Magpie Inn now on the A 140.

You can see some of the village signs in this Wikimedia link