In 1961 the Worboys Committee was set up to review road signs, and its recommendations were enacted in 1964. After this date all new signs throughout the country were to conform to standard designs.
There was no requirement to change existing signs, though on main roads this gradually happened. On minor roads, however, and in more remote parts, many pre-1964 signposts remain (though some county authorities cheerfully disposed of them). In 2005 their value to the rural landscape was recognised and councils were encouraged to preserve and maintain surviving fingerposts.
Pictured here is a simple East Riding example, at a crossroads near Londesborough on the Wolds.
RWH / Oct 15