New Costessey signs to have emergency corrections

Emergency corrections are to be made to new village signs in Costessey after an historic emblem was re-created upside down.

The two signs on the A1074 were meant to inform visitors of the village's heritage by including an image of the Stafford Knot - an emblem of the Stafford family who used to live at Costessey Hall.

But the manufactures re-produced the emblem upside down and are now having to fix replacement panels so it faces the right way.

Cllr for Costessey, Tim East, said: 'Once the regrettable error was pointed out to the area highways officer, I'm very glad that they agreed to adjust the orientation of the Stafford Knot on both Costessey road signs so speedily and without any fuss. Allegedly the Costessey knot could be used to strangle three people at the same time. I'm so glad this use wasn't necessary to rectify the mistake.'

The original idea of replacing the old Costessey signs was put forward by Mr East who wanted to install new ones that referred to the area's unique history.

A plan to feature the Stafford Knot on the sign and to refer to the village as the 'Lord Stafford's historic estate of Costessey' was put forward to Norfolk County Council who agreed to fund the project with Costessey Parish Council.

A picture of the The Stafford Knot was then sent to the sign manufacturers who completed the project on Tuesday January 11th.

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A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: 'We have been in contact with the sign manufacturers, who accepted responsibility for the error and are working to correct the sign this week.'

The Jerningham and Stafford family have been associated with the village since 1555.

Sir George William Jerningham, 8th Baron of Stafford, made his mark on the area in 1827 when he began to elaborately expand the Tudor Hall at Costessey park.

The project included the building of new towers and mock-Tudor windows and spanned decades until money ran out.

Sir Fitzosbert Stafford Jerningham, 11th Baron Stafford, was the last of the family to live at Costessey Hall before he died in 1913 and the Hall's contents were auctioned off at a high-profile sale.