Pavement symbols decrypted

Unusual markings, logos and symbols around the city
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Postby dsco » Fri 04 Apr, 2014 4:32 pm

Interesting article on the BBC about the meanings of the various different signs and symbols sprayed on to the pavements of British cities by utility providers; gas, electric, etc.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26745534

The expert in that article, a chap called John Robinson, is being interviewed by Ian McMillan on his Radio 3 programme The Verb about it this evening:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zdbnq

I like the term 'Pavement Patois' to describe these arcane sigils Regular Smiley Though I wasn't so impressed when some contractors decided to spray these on to my garden gate a couple of years ago - still there to this day!
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Postby jonleeds » Fri 04 Apr, 2014 4:58 pm

Are you sure it wasnt one of these secret signs left outside houses by tramps to say whether the householder was either a soft touch or to beware of a vicious dog etc?

see:

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/vagrants/signs.shtml

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Postby polo » Fri 04 Apr, 2014 5:09 pm

has anyone seen the (what i can only describe as) daredevil DD signs carved into the pavements near the uni and opposite the art gallery. Ive no idea what theyre about
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Postby chameleon » Fri 04 Apr, 2014 5:25 pm

polo wrote:
has anyone seen the (what i can only describe as) daredevil DD signs carved into the pavements near the uni and opposite the art gallery. Ive no idea what theyre about


Polo, see also http://www.secretleeds.com/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=64

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Postby dsco » Fri 04 Apr, 2014 5:54 pm

jonleeds wrote:
Are you sure it wasnt one of these secret signs left outside houses by tramps to say whether the householder was either a soft touch or to beware of a vicious dog etc?


No it was definitely Northern Gas Networks! On the upside they did secure a slightly wonky gatepost when I complained about the spray paint, so fair's fair I guess Regular Smiley
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Postby Leodian » Fri 04 Apr, 2014 6:49 pm

polo wrote:
has anyone seen the (what i can only describe as) daredevil DD signs carved into the pavements near the uni and opposite the art gallery. Ive no idea what theyre about


Hi Polo. Regarding the 'DD' this SL thread would seem relevant:-
http://www.secretleeds.com/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=3294

This thread about a 'MH' on a paving slab in Victoria Gardens may also be of interest:- http://www.secretleeds.com/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=3518
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Re: Pavement symbols decrypted

Postby Leodian » Sat 12 Dec, 2015 8:16 pm

These colourful symbols caught my eye at the junction of Merrion Place and Vicar Lane so I took this photo on December 10 2015.

PS. I hope I am not being thought to be doing too many posts as I do seem to be currently monopolising recent posts.
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Junction of Merrion Place and Vicar Lane (taken Dec 10 2015).
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Re: Pavement symbols decrypted

Postby tilly » Sat 12 Dec, 2015 8:56 pm

Hi Leodian i for one look forward to your posts i am sure i am not the only one.Your input is of great value keep up the good work.
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Re: Pavement symbols decrypted

Postby TABBYCAT » Sat 12 Dec, 2015 10:58 pm

Totally agree with Tilly and would add that your work is to be praised not just for content but also for the way you accurately time and date your photographic records which I'm sure local historians will value long after we are gone. :D
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Re: Pavement symbols decrypted

Postby blackprince » Sun 13 Dec, 2015 10:38 am

tilly wroteColonHi Leodian i for one look forward to your posts i am sure i am not the only one.Your input is of great value keep up the good work.


I'll second that. Keep on posting :)
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