Street signs made from these tiles, produced by the Minton Company, came into fashion in the late Victorian period when houses were given numbers instead of the old system of naming terraces and giving house their own name. Gosport Surveyor William Henry Fry set about organising the chaos that was Gosport’s street naming. His solution was to systematically number houses in every street starting at the end nearest to the town centre, odds on one side, evens on the other. He found there was no agreement on what the roads were called or how to spell them. He did a good job of creating order from chaos, but not every house owner wanted them to be chiselled into their walls.
|This section of missing tile in Prince of Wales Road shows the name ‘Minton’ transferred to the mortar which held the tile in place. Sadly the missing piece has been lost.|
The greatest concentration can be found in Alverstoke village where you can find eight sets for six roads.
|Anns Hill Rd||1|
|Clarence Rd South||1|
|Lees Lane North||1|
|Prince of Wales Rd.||1|
Read the article by Philip Eley in Alverstoke Alphabet.
Blue Enamel Road Signs
These are earlier than the ones in Minton tiles and are harder to find.