The traditional painted wall sign above the shop-front of number 5 Christchurch Road, Ringwood has been restored and replaced with a new image.

It overlooks Fridays Cross and is the latest improvement to this important part of the town centre.  

The earliest record of the name Fridays Cross is in a deed dated 1744.

There is no definitive information on the derivation but it is possible that it dates from even earlier times and may be associated with a family name.

Ringwood Society member Ben Salsbury had the idea of a new sign at to replace the previous one which was damaged during a storm several years ago.

Many ideas and features were discussed until local architect and Society member Joe Moorhouse suggested the chosen composition which Society members felt was appropriate to Fridays Cross and reflected the round metal ornamental seat. 

That choice was agreed with the Conservation Officer and approved by New Forest District Council. 

Fridays Cross - Photo After
Fridays Cross – Photo After

Kind permission was obtained from the property owner and the required funds were provided from generous donations by town councillor and Society member Philip Day, the Society and by the Town Council.

The work was expertly undertaken by Steve Blackwell Signs & Painting.

Ringwood Society Chairman, Jeff Wickens, said “the original painted sign was one of several around the town which were lost over time and I am  delighted to see this prominent  feature restored and preserved.

On behalf of Ringwood Society, I’d like to thank everyone who made it possible but especially Ben, Joe, Philip and Steve”.