Friday 24 November 2023

Street name signs of Birmingham (4)

There is one more type of street name sign in Birmingham which needs to be mentioned. These are the signs for the Queenway roads (or Ringway roads) that survive from the post-war ring roads around the city centre. These have a style similar to the other post-war signs discussed in part 3 of this series but have red letters on a white background and a red border.

Great Charles Street, Queenway

Also in part 3 we mentioned that the new sign design was larger and therefore could include extra information about the road, such as if the road was a cul-de-sac. Before that, with the pre-war signs, that information was denoted using a small additional sign placed underneath the main sign. There was also one which said "leading to" though this seems pretty rare, i have only seen this in one place.

Key Hill, a Cul-de-Sac

Northampton Street which leads on

Finally, pre-war signs in the 1930s the street name signs began to carry the postal distict number. In the Jewellery Quarter can be seen a "number 1" sign which carries the same information. I wonder if any more of these have survived?

Postal District 1