Thursday, 7 June 2012

H & V signs

These two signs, white letters on a blue diamond, are on the side of the building at the corner of Norfolk Street and Reynold Street.

The only other instance of a similar sign I've come across is a V sign on the former Gee Cross Post Office.

I can only think that they refer to "hydrant" and "valve" for the benefit of the fire service, but I can find no information anywhere about signs with this particular design.

The old shop is now an extension of the Tameside Animal Shelter charity shop which can be seen on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to signs, signs.


  1. sounds like a good theory. the signs certainly look as if they have ben there awhile.

  2. Curious! You will have to research it.

  3. you'll have to write a post about it.....after you've dug up some more information, that is!

  4. Maybe there should be a I between the H and V?

  5. The house on the corner of Croft Street and Great Norbury Street also has 'H' and 'V' signs on the front wall.

  6. they do refer to hydrant and valve, the fire service would use the hydrant only, whereas the valve would be operated only by the water company to isolate sections of the water main. The water company ceased using these marker plates many years ago and these plates could possibly date back as far as the early 1900's when the water mains were first laid. These days fire hydrants are marked by the yellow plate with a black H on them. The V and H still come in handy when trying to find valves and hydrants buried in the snow or when council contractors tarmac over them!!