Rare AA road sign bought by museum

Steyning Museum curator Chris Tod with the rare AA road sign for Upper Beeding
Steyning Museum curator Chris Tod with the rare AA road sign for Upper Beeding

BIDDING went to a nail-biting finish as Steyning Museum secured ownership of a rare AA road sign.

Curator Chris Tod was up against an internet bidder at the Gorringes action in Lewes for the circular, yellow, enamel sign for Upper Beeding.

Bids shot past the £100 to £150 estimate for the 2ft 6in Franco sign, with Chris finally making the purchase for £400.

“It is a piece of village history that won’t come up again,” he explained.

Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, along with two Upper Beeding residents, gave donations towards the purchase on July 3.

The sign is pre-war and Chris said it was probably placed near The Rising Sun pub, working on the distances it shows to Shoreham and Steyning.

But if anyone has any old photos giving its location, he would be grateful for information.

The sign will go on display in a new exhibition, Ten Strange Stories, running from July 23 to August 31. Admission is free. Visit steyningmuseum.org.uk