Does anything ever really change? 1792 to 2012

by Hilly on August 10, 2012

'A' Boards in Chichester

The front page of this week’s Chichester Observer (9th August 2012) has an article on Cicestrians suffering because of a plethora of ‘A’ boards, and the fact that Council has not done anything about having them removed. They should take a lesson from the past….

In the spring of 1792, a Board of Commissioners was appointed (by Council) to… cleanse and generally improve the streets of Chichester, and ordered one William Humphry, of West Street, to remove a sign for the “Duke of Richmond’s Arms”. He took no notice of the directive, nor did others in West Street who also failed to remove signs and other obstructions. As a result, the following spring, the Commissioners employed men to take down the signs of the Swan, Dolphin, Anchor and other inns in the area.

Georgian strong-arm tactics!

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