Search is on for designer of original Bawdeswell village sign

A Norfolk village is appealing to the community to help find the original designer of its iconic village sign.

Mark Fairhurst (centre), designer of the original Bawdeswell village sign, pictured with parish council chairman John Ames (right) and parish clerk Charles Sparkes. Photo: EDP

The Bawdeswell village sign was designed in 1982 by 15-year-old Mark Fairhurst, who was a student at Reepham High School. The sign depicts the legendary Reeve of Bawdeswell stopping at Balder’s Well.
In November 2011, a new village sign was unveiled to take the place of the original. The old sign, which was deteriorating as a result of dry rot and in need of preservation, was the last of more than 200 Norfolk village signs carved by the legendary Harry Carter of Swaffham, who died in 1983.
The old sign has now been given a new home in the reception area of Bawdeswell Village Hall, whose trustees would like to contact Mr Fairhurst, who would now be around 50.
Despite an appeal made in the EDP and research by locals who knew the family, the village hall trustees have no record of where Mr Fairhurst is now.

  • If any one has any information, please contact David Cockburn 01362 688749 or email.


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