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In England, one can drive to THE NORTH, to THE SOUTH, and to THE WEST. Are there any road signs directing drivers to THE EAST? I haven't seen any.

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gillo
Dec. 3rd, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
Possibly on your way into East Anglia? The other directions are very specific - the East is just full of Essex girls and bucolic Norfolk types? (Very flat, Norfolk...)

You tend to get these signs only on motorways and major trunk roads. There aren't really any that go due east from London. That could be it.
owlfish
Dec. 4th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
I haven't seen any when driving to East Anglia. I was in Bristol yesterday, and there aren't any there either. Cornwall is my last, best hope for some.
intertext
Dec. 4th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
To the East they go not.
j_bluestocking
Dec. 4th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
LOL. Literally.
andromakie
Dec. 4th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
Nessarose made them take it down. She didn't want any more visitors.
owlfish
Dec. 4th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
Quite sensible.
mithent
Dec. 4th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
Hrm.. I recently came from THE EAST (Cambridgeshire) to THE SOUTH, but I can't say I've seen signs directing me to THE EAST.
targaff
Dec. 4th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
I've never seen one. Perhaps it's a public service.
sollersuk
Dec. 4th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
Partly it's because unlike the M3, M4 and M1/M5 there are no specific roads going east from London; you're either aiming for the North East, which isn't actually east of London, or somewehere like Kent, where you have to start by going south of the Thames, or East Anglia which is too specific simply to be called "the East".
owlfish
Dec. 4th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
I was thinking they might exist in Cornwall. There certainly weren't any in the Bristol area, where I was hoping I might spy some.

I hadn't thought of it in terms of N, E, S, W being judged from London; there's certainly sense to it. I was thinking rather that the presence of London trumps the present of THE EAST for the purposes of driving in that direction from THE WEST.
sollersuk
Dec. 4th, 2006 09:22 am (UTC)
It always is judged from London. Before there were motorways there were (and still are) A Roads, and the basic ones radiate out from London: A1 goes north, A2 out towards Canterbury and Dover, A3 south, A4 west and A6 sort of up to the north west. And as for Cornwall... a likelier possibility is whatever the local term is for "not Cornwall". Even in my childhood old people in Sussex tended to refer to anywhere outside Sussex as "England" so there might be something similar!
austengirl
Dec. 4th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
You know, I'd never thought about it, but you're right, I haven't seen any signs for THE EAST, but most of my travels have been to THE NORTH and THE SOUTH. There isn't as much EAST and WEST as there is NORTH and SOUTH though.
evieb
Dec. 4th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
I think it is a case of there are signs to London, and it is assumed that no-one will want to travel anywhere else in the east. This is probably fair, and I say that as someone who grew up in Kent.

I am not a driver so don't really pay as much attention to some things, but what about the middle? Do any signs point to the midlands or do you have to look out for locations in the midlands like Birmingham or Coventry?
owlfish
Dec. 4th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
There are indeed signs to THE MIDLANDS.
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