Old Signs

Britain's current road signs were brought in around 1963. Before that time, we used a very different system of road signs, some of which still somehow survive. This page presents a number of photos of these old-style signs. Many of them have been removed since being photographed and the number of signs like these on our roads shrinks every year.

Aldwych, London

All of these signs were removed in about 2009.

Southwark, London

Elsewhere in the country

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Published22 March 2002

Last updated25 February 2017