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With news of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s initiative to see the historic counties signed on our roads, we have produced a flyer for you to share and spread the word.

Border Signs DCLG
Why not share this flyer with your Councillor?

Full details of the initiative, which aims to make it easier for councils to signpost the historic county borders, can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website:

The changes will make it easier for campaigners to work in partnership with their Local Authority to see border signs erected to mark the historic county borders. With careful thought and planning, there is no need that these conflict with Local Authority branded signs. To help inspire your campaign, the above flyer includes concept images hot how border signs might be designed to fit comfortably along roads around the country.

How has it been done before?

Here are a few images of past successes in partnership with Local Authorities. 

Lancashire Sign at County End, Saddleworth
Lancashire Sign at County End, Saddleworth
Yorkshire Sign at County End, Saddleworth
Yorkshire Sign at County End, Saddleworth

On Saturday 19th May, SWRS arranged for new signs to be unveiled to mark the ‘Traditional’ county boundary between Lancashire & the West Riding of Yorkshire, on the A669 at the boundary of Lees & Springhead, at a location appropriately known as ‘County End’. County End is also the postal address of nearby houses.

The signs were mounted on stone plinths constructed of reclaimed local stone. The unveiling was carried out by the Mayor of Oldham Metropolitan Borough, Richard Knowles, assisted for the Yorkshire sign by the Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council, Bill Cullen, and for the Lancashire sign assisted by Borough councillor Cllr. Val Sedgwick.

The event was attended by Debbie Abrahams M.P. (Oldham East & Saddleworth), other borough councillors, members of the public and representatives from both FoRL & SWRS.

Thanks are due to Geoffrey Bayley of our county group, the Saddleworth White Rose Society for these images and description.

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