As we journeyed from Cornwall to Scotland on our recent Grand Adventure, I started to notice something, which made me start to take pictures. I started seeing very interesting signs. Everywhere. And then once I started noticing a few, I started to notice more. Some were funny; some were dark. But what surprised me, especially about the ones warning of danger, was how specific they were. Usually, when you see a danger sign here in the US – it’s one of those A-frame plastic signs set up that says warning in English and Spanish. They’re not very specific. In Britain, the signs get specific. So, here’s a picture post of the most interesting signs I came across – there were a few I couldn’t get a picture of – but Toni Hargis wrote a similar article a few weeks ago that mention them!
On this fun sign at the cafe on the Lizard Point in Cornwall, they made their stance in Jamgate (the recent controversy as to whether the clotted cream goes first on the scone).
This handy sign… probably saves them a lot of questions. But I loved that they didn’t have WiFi and simply tell you to enjoy the view. More of that is needed!
Loved all the stickers on the sign at John O’Groats – I wonder if they clean them off regularly?
For stick figure man, he gets put through the ringer in the following pictures. Located at Urquhart Castle in Scotland.
Don’t climb the trebuchet – located at Urquhart Castle in Scotland.
He just walked right off without stopping! Located at Urquhart Castle in Scotland.
Located on the deck at HMY Britannia in Edinburgh.
I found this one amusing because my best friend’s name is Chad. I’m sure there’s an interesting story as to why there is a St Chad.
Apparently, they still plan for horse-drawn carriages in York.
This sign in Port Issac gave me pause because we’re from Chicago and apparently there is a flat with that name in the village where they film Doc Martin.
This is apparently such a problem in Port Issac that a local child has made a hilariously graphic sign about it.
Poor stick figure man! Can’t stay out of trouble.
Or away from cliffs (don’t worry, I was at a safe distance – thanks zoom lens!)
Have you ever seen any funny signs in Britain? Share them in the comments below!
Dave Clements says
I’m from England, but I moved to the States 12 years ago. When I was younger, I remember taking trips along the South Coast and seeing a funny sign on the A27 near Chichester. It read “No racing by horse drawn vehicles”. Apparently, gypsies would race on the A27 there and while it was illegal, they erected these signs to reiterate the point. After a little digging, I found them again: https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-0.7116231,3a,15y,132.39h,89.74t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sDvg-4vAgrIzm4uVKvP31mw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en
Mrs Carol Ward says
I live in Chichester and the signs are still there.
John Evans says
Birmingham (UK) has a Catholic cathedral dedicated to St Chad “The first Catholic Cathedral erected in Great Britain in 1841 following the Reformation of the 16th Century…. designed by the great Gothic Revivalist Augustus Welby Pugin, who was also responsible for the Palaces of Westminster and the iconic clock tower of Big Ben.”
In the UK a chad is also the piece that you remove when you make a hole in a piece of paper or card (hole punches for preparing pages to put in ring binders make chads).
Matt g says
Salisbury plain has tank crossing signs which always crack me up when I’m down that way https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=sailsbury+pliain+tank+signs&rlz=1C9BKJA_enGB809GB809&oq=sailsbury+pliain+tank+signs&aqs=chrome..69i57.16213j1j7&hl=en-GB&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#imgrc=FcxxCG4QZfluLM: