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The Traditional Signs Company







The Traditional Signs Company


Brian Phipps runs The Traditional Signs Company, who create a product that brings back the heritage of signage and places it in the appropriate environment. These signs replicate the authentic design of traditional road and village signs and are popular with local authorities and with companies and individual seeking a traditional and quality signage to point people in the right direction.

Here Digger talks to Brian about these beautiful and nostalgic signs and about the company.








Digger: What is your background Brian and can you please tell us how The Traditional Signs Company started and how the company has evolved into what it is today?

Brian: I originally trained as an educational design technology teacher, working in plastics and composites. A large part of my working life has been involved in composite manufacturing within the marine environment. Living by the water in Cornwall, local industry tends to be in specialist areas and “traditional sign” manufacture fits perfectly. Cornwall is dotted with traditional signs on B road junctions, walkways, villages etc; made originally of cast iron. The life of these signs is starting to come to an end with directional fingers broken, posts cracked, rust effecting visual efficiency and additional directional fingers required. When the local highways team were looking for a solution, we came up with the answer, and the local parish councils very much want to maintain the characterful traditional signage wherever possible.    

Digger: Please tell us more about the signs and services on offer from Traditional Signs.

Brian: The signs are made to look, feel like and imitate the original cast iron or wooden signs found in the local area. To do that a plug or mould is made as an exact copy of the original sign i.e. the post, sign fingers and finial.

Once the moulds are prepared, the various product  parts themselves can be manufactured, signage letters moulded and edging borders prepared.

Whilst Traditional Signs make complete new signs, we also manufacture replacement directional fingers and finials, new parts and provide a service to repaint old signs, on location or at our workshops. 

Digger: There’s nothing more nostalgic and traditional than one of these signs in a British village or town. But what other sorts of uses have these signs been put to and in what sorts of locations are they found?

Brian: Tradition runs throughout our culture, in the village, in the countryside, around the town, and in the work place. Whilst you will find our “ Traditional Signs” beside the road, you will also find them on country estates, as road name plates, at county shows, in private house entrances and even part of garden features. Anywhere, in fact, that aluminium reflective signs are just not appropriate or required.  

Digger: The signs come in a very traditional look but with modern materials, construction and technology. Can you tell us more about the production process?

Brian: Using moulds made to replicate the original design, the final product is hand-laminated using glass-reinforced plastic and other support materials. The result is a product that is robust, virtually maintenance-free, visually attractive, has no value as scrap metal. The various sections can be replaced or updated when required providing a long-lasting solution to an ageing problem. 




Digger: Why is vintage, retro and nostalgia such a big thing in so many people's lives?

Brian: Nostalgia and tradition are linked to our history and culture as much as computers and science are linked to our future. Individually, and as a community, we gain comfort from specific aspects of our past and Traditional Signs provide part of that history. When provided with the choice between a replica cast-iron style Traditional Sign and a modern aluminium flat road sign to be sited in a village, on a country walk way or within an estate park, the evidence by choice falls firmly with tradition.  

Digger: Where are your customers coming from and what customer feedback/comments do you get?

Brian: Our customer base grows steadily but our initial service started with county highways and parish councils. Further development has lead to us working with property developers and architects on projects that require a traditional aspect. Other areas include National Heritage and Trust Associations, film and props requirements, temporary company signage at shows and displays and private commissions for individual properties.   

Digger: What are the best and most enjoyable aspects of Traditional Signs?

Brian: Viewing a Traditional Sign in-situ which fits in perfectly with its surroundings and which the passers-by believe is the original sign and material.

Digger: What are your plans for Traditional Signs and the other strands of your business in the future?

Brian: Traditional Signs fulfil a service to a very unique market. Our mission is to make more potential customers aware of that service and  expand what we manufacture  by identifying the range of styles and locations where these Traditional Signs can be used.






The Traditional Signs Company, create a product that brings back the heritage of signage and places it in the appropriate environment. 
- At home - in the typical rural lane - in the country town - historic city centre - village cross roads - country estate - coastal footpath - farm entrance. 

In fact Windsport Traditional Signs look good where ever they stand. Manufactured by a small personal company , located in a waterside village hamlet in the far south west of England Traditional Signs combine the benefits of modern day 
materials with the original visual impact, feel and texture of signage used in a age when visual aesthetics were just as important as the information itself. 

Supplied to County Highway agencies for traditional style B road signage, historic locations and replacement of original signage due to damage or age the package is easily assembled using standard highway tools and equipment. 
Parish councils and local environmental agencies keen to maintain consistency with traditional road signage in the area can select from our standard range of products or request a product identical to those in the area. ‘Traditional 
Signs’ have the facility to make moulds from original cast signs or produce moulds from scratch. 
Single, double and treble directional arms signs are available with variations of arm shape, boarder options, single or double sided directional information
Where appropriate ‘Traditional Signs’ will make individual arms and finials to replace those damaged with out the need to replace the whole sign post.




Out on the road or in the village ‘Traditional Signs’ deliver a sign style in keeping with the environment but it need not be just in the public areas. Traditional signs also suit a variety of private and corporate locations. National 
Trust and English Heritage sites, historic areas, themed sets, private roads and houses. Where ever you want that traditional style look we can help, manufacturing a range of products in a variety of colours that lend themselves to your 
specific location.

Traditional Signs
Mylor Yacht Harbour
Cornwall TR11 5UF

tel. 01326 376191
fax. 01326 376192


www: The Traditional Signs Company






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