One of the attractive features of many an East Anglian village is the village sign. Small towns often have them too. They usually depict scenes from the settlement's past or present, usually carved from wood and painted, but sometimes made of iron by a local craftsman. Some follow a pattern while others are unique. Most of them stand centrally within their community while others are seen as one approaches the village.
A few places have had signs for many years but the majority have sprung up in the last couple of decades. How long before I find a guide book referring to "this ancient custom"?