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Monday, 21 August 2006
Mary and Eliza of Biddenden

Eliza and Mary of Biddenden

This photograph shows the detail of the Biddenden Village sign, which I posted on yesterday.  Click on the photograph to see the reverse view. 

A plaque on the sign states the origin of it:

Following a speech by His Royal Highness the Duke of York at the Royal Acadamy in 1920 on the revival of village signs, the Daily Mail organised a village signs competition and exhibition, offering a total of £2200 in prizes. Ten awards were made, and the design from which this sign was constructed secured special prize £50.

This sum was worth a lot more in 1920 than it is today, but the above indicates that the sign of the Biddenden sisters won a lesser prize because the average award would have been £220. The sign seems to have subsequently suffered from neglect because it was then completely refurbished in 1993. There is more information about the conjoined twins of Biddenden at the moulded cookie site.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2006 at 09:59 PM
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Another lovely sunny (but short) day today, although there was remnants of overnight frost this morning.  You can compare the picture above (taken this morning) with this one

Posted by  on  05/11/2003  at  11:34 PM

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