Fingerpost signs and finger sign posts are a traditional type of directional signage, used since Roman times the cast fingerpost shows no signs of retiring yet! In 1697 magistrates in England were given powers to place direction posts at cross-highways & the oldest fingerpost still extant in is thought to dated around 1669.
Today, finger posts range from the classic Royal Label Factory signs often seen in the countryside, to ultra-modern contemporary designs for city centres and cutting-edge attractions. Our signs are installed at many of the well-known special places in the UK. The Finger post signposts have traditionally been made from cast iron/aluminium or wood, with the pole of the sign post painted in black, white or grey and each finger with black letters on a white background, which typically can include distance information too.
Leander Architectural and The Royal Label Factory are long established businesses producing high quality Fingerpost signs, cast signage and bespoke metalwork. The Royal Label Factory dates back to 1874 and has been continuously making cast signage for some customers since the 1940’s!
The Royal Label Factory was the leading supplier of cast road signs and signposts to county councils for many decades, until the advent of printed signage. The historic knowledge and casting patterns are retained, to allow restoration or recreation and to manufacture a wide range of traditional & contemporary signage.
Highways – Signposts
A Highways finger signpost is usually similar to Pedestrian signs, but the text is larger and has to comply with Highways regulations. Guidance given in a 1921 circular stated that road direction signs should have 2 1⁄2 or 3 inch high (64 or 76 mm) upper case lettering on a white background with white supporting poles. It also recommended that the name of the highway authority be included somewhere in the design.
Historically these were all cast signs, or timber signs with cast letters – with a vast quantity produced by the Royal Label Factory. Many signposts and signs still survive and we have the knowledge and casting patterns to restore or re-create them.
Reacting to concern about the loss of historic finger posts from the rural landscape, the UK Department for Transport and English Heritage issued an advisory letter in June 2005 which stated that “All surviving traditional fingerpost direction signs should be retained in-situ and maintained on a regular basis. They should be repainted every five years in traditional black and white livery. Other colours should be used only when these are known to have been in use before 1940”. In recent years several county councils have embarked on restoration and repair programmes for their fingerpost stock, including the Highway Heritage Project in the Quantock Hills of Somerset. As owners of one of the oldest pattern stock in the UK, Leander Architectural is uniquely positioned to assist!
Fingerposts – Pedestrian
Where signposts guide motorists, fingerposts guide pedestrians. Usually found in town centres, a good fingerpost network will link car parks and stations with all the main amenities and attractions. We’re often involved in planning new and updating/refurbishing pre-existing networks. While many of our systems are broadly traditional, we also design and supply bespoke fingerposts to suit specific requirements.
Over the years, many aspects of the work have changed with the advent of computer design, laser etching, waterjet cutting, but old crafts such as hand-carving in clay and timber are still practised every day. Our dedicated team will work with clients to produce beautiful designs that comply with current regulations.
Our range include a vast array of cast columns and column bases to produce the supporting columns. These columns can generally be mixed & matched with various ball and ring finials and many kinds of pointer, including the now-rare wooden arms with cast collars and screwed-on cast letters.
The range of signage and materials are suitable for almost any environment – from Seaside Promenades, Railway Stations, Nature Reserves right through to Company Offices!
We are always happy to design bespoke solutions for private and corporate clients alike. We maintain long-term records of towns and cities that we work for and can provide replacements or additional posts for any of them without difficulty.
We undertake complete new-build, update/replacement, restoration and installation packages on Fingerpost signs & finger sign posts for our clients too.