Monday 13 November 2023

Street name signs of Birmingham (1)

Knowing where you are in a place is always very important. Unlike a lot of locations around the country where standardisation is the word, there is quite a variety of designs of street name signs in Birmingham which this series will look at. We will only cover metal signs, not the plastic ones which took over in the 1990s.

The oldest signs date back to the Victorian years and survivors these days are fairly rare. They had a simple octagonal design with black letters on a white background. They can still be seen occasionally in some of the oldest (and less changed) parts of the city.

Cotton Lane, Moseley

Well Lane, Digbeth

Tenby Street North, Jewellery Quarter