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AVON/GLOUCESTERSHIRE

A 4174 – about
half-way between M4
and Kingswood
Distance to lay-by
shown [A in metres
[AWAITING ACTION]

BEDFORDSHIRE (9)

Bedford, Priory
Country Park (Bedford
Borough Council)
Two signs on entrance
to car park: ‘2.0m’
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘ 6’ 6″
Hinxworth ‘200 metres’ to
Caravan Site, Loves
Lane
[AWAITING ACTION]
Shefford; A 600 on
Shefford to Bedford
Road******
Distance to Forestry
Commission site in
metres (two signs,
250 metres)
Amended to read in
yards, once with a
temporary amendment,
since then with three
more permanent
amendments (three
times removed by the
Forestry Commission)
Shillington Village Two signs ‘No footway
for 450 metres’ at
either end of village
Removed by
anti-metric activists
and Council informed
Toddington Three metric
long-distance
footpath distance
signs ‘Hunstanton:
235 km ‘Overton Hill
161 km ‘Leighton
Buzzard 13km’
(outside ‘Oddfellows
Arms)
Amended into miles by
anti-metric activists

BERKSHIRE

(Royal County of) (13)

Runnymede Finger post signs to
‘Bridge and River’
and ‘St. Peter’s
Hospital’ in metric
Changed to ‘1m’ and
1.5m’ after
representations by
Edward Huxley
Windsor Great Park (A
30)
Entrance to park:
‘500 metres’ – just
inside the Park along
A 30
Amended by Deputy
Chief Park Ranger to
yards after
representations by
UKIP and BWMA member
Ted Huxley
Wokingham – Dinton*
Pastures Country Park
(run by Borough
Council)
Wooden noticeboard on
entry to the park,
all in kilometres (no
miles in brackets
brackets); yellow
traffic sign:
Alligator teeth ‘
115mm (41/2″) ‘
Three separate plates
in miles put over the
metric distances;
115mm and covered
over – work of
antimetric activists
Wokingham – Sandford
Lane
6 Road Traffic
roundels ‘ 2. 0 ‘ all
showing ‘ 2.0 ‘ with
‘ 6’ 6″ ‘ underneath
whited over with
paint in each case by
anti-metric activists

BIRMINGHAM

(WEST
MIDLANDS)
(51)

Canal Basin (Broad
Street / Gas Street
basin
Pedestrian signs only
in metres around the
canal basin and on
the canals (on low
cast-iron around 300
in all
50 metric distances
amended to date with
equivalent distances
in miles or yards
[MORE AWAITING
ACTION] signs)
Edgbaston School entrance sign
in Metres
Covered over by
anti-metric activist
Kitts Green Metric distance sign [AWAITING ACTION]
Lea Hall, on
Macksdown Lane, just
off Meadway East
(B4128), in Solihull/Birmingham
area
Metric distance sing
to site entrance –
’50m’ (or ‘100m’)
[AWAITING ACTION]
New Street Station Signs for passengers
to lifts in metric
[AWAITING ACTION]

BRISTOL

A 38 – About 2 miles
SW of City Centre
Sign to low bridge on
roundabout – triangle
with only ‘3.3m’ on
it
[AWAITING ACTION]
Clifton Suspension
Bridge
Sign to Observatory:
200 metres
[AWAITING ACTION]
Clifton Suspension
Bridge
Royal Hotel: Car Park
50m
[AWAITING ACTION]

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (131)

A 41 – off Junction 9
on the M 40 (Bicester
turn-off)
Two signs to
pedestrian crossing:
250 metres and 200
metres
Replaced in British
units by the Highways
Agency after
representations by
Austin
Spreadbury
A 421 / B 4033 Great
Horwood, north
Buckinghamshire
Temporary Sign:
”Road Closed 1,000
METRES’ (erected by
Anglian Water)
Covered with black
tape by construction
company after
representations by
Alan Heath
Beaconsfield Railway
Station
Car Park Height
Restriction Sign in
Metres
Changed to feet and
inches after a letter
to Chiltern Railways
by Steve Humphries.
They said they were
changing the sign to
feet and inches
because they were
more ‘user-friendly’
Buckingham** (River
Ouse Riverside) Walk)
A series of
double-sided wooden
pedestrian signs in
metric along the
‘Riverside Walk’
110 distances on 43
double-sided fingers
on 18 signposts
amended by
anti-metric
activists. The
Council pulled off
twelve plates with 22
metric distances on
them. These have now
been replaced by an
anti-metric activist
Buckingham (Town
Centre)
Sign on wall: ‘United
Reformed Church
200m
Anti-metric activist
converted ‘m’ to
‘yds’
Buckingham (Town
Centre)
Restriction sign for
long vehicles over
20′ (6.1m)
Metric distance
deleted by
anti-metric activist
Buckingham – Maids
Moreton, Mill Lane
Five road width signs
all saying ‘2.25m’ or
‘2.3m’, some with
metric distances on
as well
Metric signs were
supplemented with
ones in British
widths (7′ 6″) by the
Council. [The metric
ones have now been
removed by an
anti-metric activist]
Cliveden House
(National Trust)
Two signs to car park
‘400 metres’ on
entrance
Covered over by
anti-metric activists
Flackwell Heath Six temporary
red-and-white signs
warning of distance
to site entrance
ahead (600 M, 400 M,
200 M)
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘yds’ instead
of ‘M’
High Wycombe Frogmore Distance to road
width
Amended to read in
yards by the Council
as a result of
written
representations by
Steve Humphreys
Swanbourne Two metric signs
giving the distance
to Swanbourne House
School: ‘100 m’
The larger one has
been amended by an
anti-metric activist
to read ‘100 yds’
Wendover – B 4009 Metric distance on a
sign for a garden
buildings firm
Corrected’ by
anti-metric activist

CAMBRIDGESHIRE(198)

A10 Temporary Road
Works at Foxton Level
Crossing
6 temporary distance
signs to road works:
‘800 MTR’, ‘600 MTR’,
’40 MTR’
Painted over by
anti-metric activists
and ‘yds’ substituted
for ‘MTR’
A 1037 Cambridge to
Haverhill Road (about
6 miles S.E. of
Cambridge)
Sign: ‘Copley Hill
Commercial Centre:
150m’
Amended by
anti-metric activist
to read ‘150 yds’. A
similar sign on the
northbound side was
changed by officials
to read ‘250 yds’
A 1307, about two
miles north of
Babraham near turning
to Shelford
Two large direction
signs giving (3)
heights to low bridge
as ‘ 4.6m ‘
Changed by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘ 15’ 1” ‘
(one of them had to
be repaired)
A 1198, between
Royston and
Huntingdon
Two road width signs
in metres only
(‘2.0m’)
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘ 6’ 6″ ‘
A 505 (just west of
Royston)
Eight metric distance
signs from ‘200mtrs’
to ‘800 mtrs’
accompanying
‘Danger-Road Works
Ahead’ signs
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Addenbrooks Hospital Two signs in hospital
grounds: ‘Stop 25M’
Physically amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ’25 yds’
Anglesey Abbey (north
east of Cambridge)
Sign to entrance:
‘300m’
Physically amended by
anti-metric activist
to read: ‘350 yds’
Babraham – on road
off A 1307 about one
mile north of village
Car Park sign: ‘ 2.0m
‘ ( 6’ 6″ )
Metric sign
obliterated and
brackets painted out
by anti-metric
activists
Bar Hill, west of
Cambridge on A14
heading east
Metric sign: ‘100m’
(or ‘200m’)
[AWAITING ACTION]
Cambridge,
Nightingale Road
Sign to road humps,
’30m>’
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Cambridge, Queens
College
Five notices giving
directions to parts
of college in metres
Each now has a metal
plate stuck the over
it giving the
equivalent distance
in yards (anti-metric
activists)
Cambridge, Botanical
Gardens
Sign on Trumpington
Road giving distance
to gardens as ‘350
metres’
Anti-metric activists
stuck metal plate
over it saying ‘1/4
mile’
Duxford, A 505 about
1/4 mile west of M 11
Sign: ‘No right turn
300m ahead’
Illegal distance
covered over by
anti-metric activists
with black paint
Ely Town Centre 11 finger-post signs
with 62 separate
double ‘fingers’ on
them distances to
place the town centre
in
Anti-metric activists
swooped on -sided 10
Nov 2001; replaced
the metric giving
distances with 124
metal plates s in the
showing distances in
miles and metres
yards. Training video
made. Press & TV
reports available.
Council conceded
their signs were
illegal and said the
new ‘Imperial’ signs
would stay
Histon, just south of
A 14
Three road width
signs in yards with
metres in brackets
Metres covered over
by anti-metric
activists with parcel
tape
Huntingdon Ring Road 4 road width signs
‘3.0m’
Physically amended to
read ‘9’ 10″’
Littleport Two unnecessary
metric height signs
at level-crossing
(also illegal as
showing height to two
decimal places –
2.51m
Removed
Longstowe, on A 1198 Private metric
distance signs to
‘The Red 100 metres
Converted with the
agreement House’, of
the proprietor to
‘100 yards’ and ‘200
yards’
Manea Nature Reserve 10 signs in metric
units only
Covered over by
anti-metric activist
March, Broad Street Red traffic signs
including the words
’60 metres ahead’
Amended by the
Council after
representations by
UKIP member Len
Baynes
Newmarket, on B1065
near railway bridge
Two metric-only
height signs: ‘ 4.2m
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Newmarket, Synford
Poynton Hotel
Sign to hotel: ‘ 350m
[AWAITING ACTION]
Peterborough Three illegal dual
width signs at
entrance to
industrial estate,
East Peterborough
Metric widths painted
out by antimetric
activists
Shalford,
levelcrossing
Four dual Imperial/
metric height signs
at level crossing
Metric heights (4.6m)
obliterated by
anti-metric activists
Shalford area Nine blue-and white
dual Imperial metric
signs to height
restriction
Metric heights (4.6m)
obliterated by
anti-metric activists
Wimpole Hall** Sign giving two
distances to parts of
Wimpole Hall in
metres (25m and 400m)
Changed to ’30 yds’
and ‘ 1/4 mile’ by
anti-metric activists
See also under
Northampton on –
River Nene

CHESHIRE (3)

Crewe/Nantwich
Canalside Walks
A series of metric
footpath signs
alongside the Crewe
and Nantwich canal
network
[AWAITING ACTION.
Several sites in
Crewe and Nantwich
investigated but
signs not found)]
A34 near Congleton Metric distance sign Replaced by Cheshire
County Council with
sign in Imperial
units
M6 in Cheshire Distance signs on M6
in kilometres
Two (262.0 and 293.0)
removed by an
anti-metric activists

CORNWALL (14)

East Looe 4 metric distance
sign Looe Bridge and
c
s at Amended to
British units by the
Council car park
after representations
by local activists
Eden Project, St.
Austell
2 metric distance
signs on approach
road to the Eden
Project (in km)
Changed to Imperial
by the Eden Project
after being requested
to do so by Cornwall
County Council after
letterwriting
campaign organised by
John Bass, Chairman
of Cornwall UKIP
Forestry Commission
site (to be
identified more
precisely)
Metric distances on
green signs
[AWAITING ACTION]
Fowey Three metric
distances to Public
Toilets
Replaced with signs
in yards by the local
Council after
representations by
local anti-metric
campaigners
Goss Moor Dual height sign on
low bridge where
there to have been a
number of crashes
The sign is legal,
but *confusing* seem
[AWAITING ACTION]
Grampound Two metric distance
signs
Converted to yards by
local Council after
protest by Cornwall
UKIP (reported by
John Bass)
Tamar Bridge (A 38) Sign 1 mile east of
Tamar Bridge gave
road metric only
British unit width
sign added after
width in
representations by
Bruce Robertson of
Trago Mills
Tintagel Sign to public
toilet: ‘250m’
Council say they
won’t change the
signs as ‘it’s
private’ [AWAITING
ACTION]
Torpoint Two distance signs to
Anthony House in
Changed by local
Council to yards
metres after
representations by
UKIP Cornwall
Chairman Jon Bass

DENBIGHSIRE (WALES)
(2)

Acrefair, near Trevor
(main road)
Two triangular car
park traffic signs on
entrance: ‘ 2.2m ‘
[AWAITING ACTION]
Moel Famau (Forestry
Commission), near
Ruthin
Two signs to Forestry
Commission Car Park:
‘ 200m ‘
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘ 200 YDS’

DEVON (24)

A 38 Parkway (between
Tamar Bridge and
Marsh Mills
Roundabout (Plymouth
area)
Sign erected by
contract- ors Mott
McDonald warning
motorists of road
works for the ‘next
six kilometres’
Changed by
contractors after
representations from
C.I.B. activist David
Owen, who initially
reported the matter
to the Police
Bradninch Sign with 10
doublesided
fingerpost signs
Amended to Imperial
units by antimetric
activists
Exeter (City Centre) Sign: ‘Give Way 50
metres’
Changed to yards by
the Council after
representations by
Roger Kendall
(reported in ‘Daily
Telegraph’)
Highampton, Burton
Art Gallery/Tourist
Information Centre
Two metric signs:
‘Long Stay Parking
100 Metres’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Reported by Mrs Jo
France
Totnes Sign under Town
Council meeting room:
‘4.3m’ (no Imperial
height)
[AWAITING ACTION]
Westward Ho! Sign: ‘Toilets 150m’ Replaced by Council
with sign ‘150 yds’
after representations
by E Winkfield
Winkleigh Sign: ‘Toilets 150m’ Replaced by Council
with sign ‘150 yds’
after representations
by Mike France and
Charles Tapp

DORSET (49)

Bournemouth Promenade Signs along the
promenade giving
distances to toilets,
nosmoking zones and
beach offices in
metres
22 distances on six
signs amended by
anti-metric activists
Bournemouth
(Southbourne)
Sign outside ‘Bistro’
restaurant on
Soutbourne promenade:
dangerous to swim at
20 metres
#NAME? activists to
read: ’22 yds’
Bournemouth (Hurn)
Airport
Signs saying ’25
metres’ to road humps
(two signs?)
Changed to Imperial
distances after
letters from Allan
Tallett of UKIP New
Forest
Christchurch Road traffic metric
distance sign on the
highway
Replaced with sign in
British units after
letter from UKIP
member Miss Rosemary
Nixon
Christchurch –
Priory/** Quay area
Three double-sided
cast iron pedestrian
signs giving
distances in metres
(‘500m’, ‘250m’,
‘100m’)
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to Imperial distances
Christchurch –
Stanpit and Tuckton
Four car park height
signs: ‘ 2.0m ‘ or ‘
2.1m’
Changed to ‘ 6’ 6” ‘
or ‘ ‘6’ 9” ‘ by
antimetric activists
Lyme Regis Metric distance
signs; two near
Lifeboat Station
(Grid Ref. 345932),
two on the coast path
(Grid Ref. 344933)
Signs ’75 metres’ to
Car Park and ’30
mtrs’ to Toilet
amended to ‘100 yds’
and ’50 yds’ by
anti-metric
activists. Footpath
sign ‘Footpath
Diversion: 150
metres’ changed to
‘170 yds’ (both sides
of finger sign)
Norden Station, near
Corfe Castle
Signs to Norden
Station: ‘200 metres’
and ’50 metres
Sign ’50 meters’
found and changed to
’50 yds’ (to
cycleway). Other sign
AWAITING ACTION. Also
a freestanding
yellow-and-black
metric sign saying
‘100 metres’ in the
same area removed
Poole Promenade Two metric signs to
Toilets
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Matchams: Forestry
Commission
Sign to Forestry
Commission Car Park:
‘100 m’
The ‘m’ covered up
with a sign saying
‘YDS’ by anti-metric
activists
St.
Leonards
(A 31, westbound)
Sign to roadworks
ahead (T.J. Brent):
‘100 metres’
Amended to yds after
representations by
Wng. Cdr. Alan
Tallett
Studland (Shell Bay) ‘Sign: ‘Naturists
will be seen 900mtrs
beyond this point’
Amended to read ‘1/2
mile’ by antimetric
activists
Worth Matravers Sign to car park:
‘100m’ and ‘400
metres’
Changed by
anti-metric activists
to ‘100 yds’ and ‘
1/4 mile’
respectively

DUMFRIESSHIRE
(SCOTLAND) (8)

Auldgirth Estimated 8 signs
along a cycleway
around the A76 at
Auldgirth
Demetricated on order
of the Scottish
Executive after
letter from Active
Resistance to
Metrication

COUNTY
DURHAM (1)

Birtley, Lord Lawson
School
Distance of road
humps: ‘300 metres’
Amended to read ‘300
yards’ by antimetric
activists
Chester-le-Street Metric Distance sign
on industrial estate
Council ordered it to
be removed or
replaced with
Imperial sign after
letter from local
resident Elizabeth
Hewitson. It was
replaced
Durham Metric fingerposts in
town centre
[AWAITING ACTION] –
but one sign
(double-sided)
reading ‘D.L.A. – 1
km’ replaced with
signs reading ‘3/4m’
Durham Metric-only road
traffic signs
reported by Martin
Reaper
[AWAITING ACTION]
Shotton Colliery
Bruce Glasier Terrace
Sign to cycleway: 45m Replaced by Council
with signs saying ’50
yds’
West Whickham Sign to Garden
Centre: 400 metres
Reported by Elizabeth
Hewitson; amended to
‘1/4 mile’ by
anti-metric activists

EAST LOTHIAN
(SCOTLAND) (14)

Musselburgh and
Tranent area
Several (around 14)
metric pedestrian
signs
Amended into yards by
Council after
representations by
William Scott
(fingerpost)

ESSEX ( )

A 12 (Witham) Two large dual height
signs: ‘ 3.9m ‘ and ‘
12’ 9” ‘ on
green-and-white
traffic sign
Metric heights
painted out by
anti-metric activists
A 127 footpath signs
east of junction with
Metric distances
first, Imperial in
brackets
Metric distances
deleted by
anti-metric activists
A 128 (4) 1-2 miles
east of M 25 + (2)
just west of Hadleigh
(Rushbottom Lane) +
(2) to Church Road
(just east of the
junction of A 127 and
A 128 + (5) between
Horndon-on-the-Hill
and Little Burstead +
(4) in the Little
Burstead area plus
four distances on a
sign at Hutton + sign
at Herongate (Old Dog
Inn seen by Mrs
Shirley Speight)
Green-and-white
metric A footpath
signs (Essex C.C.),
most of them leading
in kilometres with
miles in brackets
mended into miles by
anti-metric
activists, apart from
a sign to Old Hill
Road in Langdon Hills
Country Park which
was amended by
Basildon Council’s
footpaths officer (!)
A 120 Colchester to
Coggeshall
Sign giving distance
to narrow road in
metres
(blue-and-white sign)
Sign whited out and
Council informed.
Sign now removed by
the Council
Abridge (Lambourne) Metric-only footpath
signs: 0.2KM and
0.4KM just below
Lambourne Church
Replaced by
anti-metric activists
with signs saying
‘200yds’ and ‘400yd’
Basildon (Vange) Three double-sided
Essex C.C. signs
giving distances of
1.0 or 1.1 kilometres
All amended by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘ 3/4 ‘ Press
reports available
Basildon Council Footpath signs giving
distances only in
kilometres
Amended by Basildon
Council’s Public
Rights of Way/Cycling
Officer, Terry Buck,
who says he ‘has been
obliterating the
offending
measurements by
spraying them out
with black paint’ (!)
Press reports
available
Brentwood, Town
centre Car Park
Four ‘ 2.1m ‘ height
restriction signs
Replaced by Tony
Bennett with signs
saying ‘ 6’ 9” ‘
(later replaced by
the Council erecting
dual height signs
Press reports
available (The
Council claimed the
interference with the
signs was a crime but
later withdrew their
evidence
Brentwood, Woodways 1
Bridge
0 Dual roundels in 8
metric (‘ 2.1m ‘) and
Imperial (‘ 6’ 10”)
over railway bridge
and two
blue-and-white signs
warning of road
restrictions 100
yards ahead in ‘ 2.1
metres’ (‘ 6’ 10” ‘)
metric roundels
‘blacked out’ in red
paint by anti-metric
activists and two
blue-and-white signs
amended by deleting
the metric distances
Chelmsford Oliver
Way/Melbourne
4 signs to road humps
in metres
Changed to yards
after letter from
UKIP M.E.P. Jeffrey
Titford
Chelmsford Lady Lane
(Chelmsford Borough
Council)
Blue-and-white weight
limit sign: 7.5
tonnes ‘250m ahead’
Changed by Council
after letter from ARM
to ‘250 yds’
Chelmsford, A 414,**
entrance to Hylands
House
Entrance to Hylands
House ‘400 metres’
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to ‘1/4 mile’
Clacton-on-Sea Sign in park with
metric distance
Amended into yards
with permanent marker
by 80-year-old
anti-metric activist
Clacton-on-Sea, Cliff
top
Two metric signs on
cliff top to toilets
Amended into yards by
anti-metric activists
Clacton-on-Sea,**
Martello Car Park
Two signboards in
metric distances
Amended
professionally by
local antimetric
activists into yards
Clacton-on-Sea, near
Martello Car park
Two cast iron finger
post signs
(double-sided):
Toilets ‘260m’ and ‘
‘Imperial plates’ put
on by anti-metric
activists: ‘300 yds’
and ‘350 YDS’ 320m’
respectively
Coggeshall Blue-and-white metric
distance sign ‘ 500m’
to weak bridge
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Earls Colne Two blue-and-white
metric signs ‘ 350m’
to weak bridge
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Epping Green, outside
Travellers’ Friend
pub
Footpath sign to
‘Lodge Farm’, ‘0.8km’
Anti-metric activists
replaced it with sign
saying ‘ 1/2m’
Epping Green/Upper
Nazeing**
Three wooden footpath
signs, with four
distances, all in
kilometres
Amended by
anti-metric activists
[one set re-amended
after plates taken
off]
Essex Way Footpath,
Near
Greensted-juxta-Ongar**
Four double-sided
footpath signs in
metric only
New British distances
put on with
attractive
brown-and-white
plates [re-amended
with black-and-white
plates after plates
taken off]
Frinton-on-Sea** Cast-iron sign on
cliff-top with 2
double-sided
‘fingers’ with metric
distances
Activists erected 4
‘Imperial’ plates
covering over the
metric distances
Frinton-on-Sea Sign at south Frinton
with 3 double-sided
‘fingers’ giving
metric distances
Activists erected 6
‘Imperial’ plates
covering over the
metric distances
Great Hallingbury,
Tile Kiln Lane
Two metric-only
bridge height signs
(‘ 3.8m’)
Removed by local
anti-metric activist
and Council informed
Harlow – Old Harlow,
Chippingfield
Stone footpath posts
giving two distances:
400m and 1.1km
(erected by Harlow
Council about 30
years ago)
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘400 yds’
and ‘3/4 m’
Harlow, Harberts Road 2 distance signs
saying ‘200 metres’
Replaced by the
Council with signs
saying ‘200 yards’.
Press reports
available
Harlow – Entrance to
new car park, Central
Avenue
Dual height sign:
2.0m and 6′ 7”
(twice)
Metric distances
painted out by
anti-metric activists
Harlow,
London
Road, Old Harlow
Temporary
red-and-white sign:
“Site Entrance:
Lorries Turning Ahead
100 Metres”
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Harlow, River Way
Industrial Estate,
Amenity Centre
Metric heights given
in preference to
Imperial on two low
height signs
Anti-metric activists
covered over the
metric heights.
Council then erected
new dual unit signs
[AWAITING ACTION]
Harlow, road next to
Outdoor Pursuits
Centre
2 saying distance to
weak bridge ‘150
metres’
Over-labelled by the
Council with signs
saying ‘164 yards’.
Press reports
available
Harlow, Third Avenue
(near new Town Hall/
Shopping
Centre)******
Metric only height
sign: ‘2.1m’
Removed twice by
anti-metric activist
and Council informed.
Dual height sign: 6′
10” and 2.1m now
erected plus another
saying ‘2.1m’ . Dual
height sign – metric
removed (other sign
AWAITING ACTION)
Hatfield Forest Two signs banning
cars on the common
‘within 15 metres’ of
road edge
Professionally
amended to read ’16
yards’
Little Bromley, near
Manningtree
Two signs: ‘No
footway for 600m.
approx’
Removed by
anti-metric activists
and Council informed
Lower Nazeing Three green-and-white
Lea Valley footpath
signs, all in
kilometres (12
distances altogether)
Amended to imperial
units by antimetric
activists
Marks Tey – Elm Lane,
off A 120 about 2
miles east of Marks
Tey
Two blue-and-white
signs giving metric
distances (300m) to
road width
restriction ahead
Illegal distances
blacked out by
antimetric activists
Matching Green to
Hatfield Heath Road
Four warning signs to
road works, 2 each
marked ‘200 metres’
All four illegal
distances covered
over by anti-metric
activists. As a
metres’ and ‘400
result the company
concerned had to
over-label around
another 80 signs
across Essex and
Hertfordshire with
red-and-white labels
giving distances in
yards instead of
metres
Mountnessing, near
Brentwood
5 road width signs
giving the width as
‘2.1m’
Panted out by
anti-metric activist
and ‘6’ 9”’
substituted. Council
forced after several
letters to concede
they were guilty of
an ‘oversight’. Press
reports available.
The Council erected
two separate roundels
as required by the
law – the metric one
on top of course! But
now unknown hands
have removed the
metric roundels Press
reports available
Newport – village
centre
Two metric-only signs
giving height to
‘4.34m’
Removed by
anti-metric activists
and bridge of Council
informed
Newport, on A 1183,
just north of Newport
Height restriction
sign at entrance to
mansion saying ‘3.0m’
Amended by
anti-metric activist
to read: ‘ 9’ 10” ‘
Saffron Walden Metric distance sign
to Ashdon Road
Commercial Estate
north-east Saffron
Walden: metres’
Amended to ‘200 yds’
by anti-metric
activist t of ‘200
Sewardstonebury:
Scout Chingford
Sign to Scout
Offices: 100 metres
Replaced by
anti-metric activists
Headquarters near
with sign saying ‘200
yards’ (more
accurate)
Sewardstonebury: Just
outside Scout
Headquarters, near
Chingford
Footpath sign with 4
metric-only distances
on (3.5 Km and 2.1
Km)
Replaced by
anti-metric activists
with signs saying
’21/4m’ and ’11/4m’
Southend Promenade 32 circular signs on
Southend Promenade
giving distances
every ‘500 metres’
Anti-metric activist
replaced the signs
with professional
circular labels in
miles and furlongs.
Press reports
available. Amended
signs still there,
August 2002
Southend Promenade 2 signs to Toilets in
yards with metres in
brackets
Metric distances
deleted by antimetric
activists
Southend Promenade Sign to ‘Toilets’
120m
Covered up by Council
after letter from
UKIP
South Weald,
Sandpit**** Lane
(Brentwood)
Eight dual width
signs, illegal under
current regulations,
giving width as ‘
2.1m ‘ and 6’ 10
Metric units neatly
covered over with
adhesive white
computer labels
(later amended by
Council, then
re-amended by
anti-metric activists
then re-re-amend by
the Council back to
dual units
Stansted Airport Road sign ‘Traffic
Merging 50 metres’
’50 metres’ painted
out using black
aerosol. Anti-metric
activist arrested and
charged. Charges
dropped and activist
successfully claimed
Court costs. Press
reports available.
Sign later removed by
B.A.A.
Stansted Airport Sign at Bus Station:
‘Lost Property
office- 80m’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Thorpe-le-Soken
Sneating Hall Lane
Warning sign: ’70
metres’
Converted to read ’80
yds’ by antimetric
activist [since the,
replaced by the
council with a sign
saying ‘100 yds’
Thorndon Country Park
(South) – close to A
128 (Essex County
Council)
Two road width signs
inside the car park
both giving the width
as ‘ 2.0m’
Metric signs scraped
off and professional
black lettering
reading ‘ 6’ 6” ‘
affixed instead
Warley, on A 128 2 footpath signs to
various destinations
in kilometres with
miles in brackets
afterwards
(double-sided)
Kilometric distance
and brackets covered
over in black paint
Waltham Abbey (Epping
Forest District
Council)
Dual height sign to
car park: ‘ 2.1m ‘
and ‘ 7’0” ‘
‘ 2.1m ‘ whited out
by anti-metric
activist
Waltham Abbey/
Sewardstonebury on A
112 I mile south of
Waltham Abbey
Temporary Road Sign:
“Road Works Ahead 200
MTRS” placed by site
contractors Bell
Frampton
Removed by Active
Resistance to
Metrication and the
company and Epping
Forest District
Council informed
Walton-on-the-Naze 6 signs to toilets,
all metric
Black-and-white signs
in yards affixed by
anti-metric activists
Walton-on-the Naze 6 signs to the
nearest lifebelts,
all in metric
distances
Black-and-white signs
in yards affixed by
anti-metric activists
Wick Lane, Wickford 12 signs all either
giving illegal metric
distances to narrow
road e.g. ‘400
metres’ or illegal
road width: ‘2.1m’
Illegal metric
distances painted out
in black leaving only
British distances on
them. Press reports
available
Wickford, Runwell
Chase
Large sign to Runwell
Hospital, ‘600
metres’
Changed by
anti-metric activist
to: ‘600 yds’
Wickford, St. Mary’s
Church/Memorial Park
Double-sided footpath
sign in the park:
‘St. Mary’s Church
0.3 km’
Changed by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘300 yds’

ESSEX/HERTS/NORTH <st2:City
w:st=”on”>LONDON
BORDERS/LEE VALLEY NAVIGATION (160)

Lee Valley Park Around 200-plus
(mostly footpath)
fingerpost signs, all
in metric distances
24 signs with 90
single- or double
sided fingers amended
by anti-metric
activists into
Imperial units (157
distances changed to
date) Press reports
available. Lea Valley
Park then physically
removed most of the
amended signs and
said they were
seeking ‘legal
advice’ on what
distances to use on
replacement signs!
Press reports
available
Still remaining:
three sets of wooden
finger posts, one
between Broxbourne
and Cheshunt, and two
on the Waltham
Forest/Hackney border
[AWAITING ACTION]
Lee Valley Car Park
entrance signs
All stating ‘ 2.0m ‘ Four at Cheshunt
amended to read ‘ 6’
6” ‘; two at Waltham
Abbey
Lee Valley Park
Cinema Picketts Lock
Two metric-only
height signs: ‘ 3.8m
[AWAITING ACTION]
GLOUCESTERSHIRE (2)
A 46, just south of
M4 (junction 18)
Two large
blue-and-white signs:
width limit ‘ 2.75m ‘
in ‘200m’
Blacked out by
anti-metric activists
after previous
attempts to black out
the sign by other
antimetric activists
Little Barrington, on
A between Burford and
Northleach, about one
mile into
Gloucestershire from
Burford
40 Sign: ‘Fox Inn
1,000 METRES’ (actual
distance: 3/4 mile)
Metric distance sign
[AWAITING ACTION]
[AWAITING ACTION]
Westonbirt Arboretum
21/2 miles south-east
of Tetbury on A 433
Metric signs showing
distance to the
Arboretum
[AWAITING ACTION]
GWENT /MONMOUTHSIRE
(WALES) (5)
Machen to Rhiwderin
road (A 468)
Four warning signs:
‘Caution: Lorries
turning 100m ahead’
and ‘Caution: Lorries
turning 200m ahead’
Crossed out by
anti-metric activist
and ‘100 yds’ and
‘220 yds’ substituted
Newport Bus Station Distance sign
including: ’15m’
Removed following
letter to Newport
Council by member of
A.R.M. and BWMA
member John Colegate

GWYNEDD

Canolfan Tryweryn
(Canoe Centre)
Sign to Car Park –
‘100 metres’
[AWAITING ACTION]
HAMPSHIRE (109)
A 272 / A 32
junction, miles
south-west of Alto
9 Hampshire Police
Notice: ‘Bikesafe:
200 metres’
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read : ‘200 yds’
Andover: A342/A3093
ring road near
entrance to Anton
Nature Reserve
Two illegal signs,
warning of height
restriction sign
‘2.0m’ ’20 metres’
ahead
Sign saying ‘2.0m’
amended by antimetric
activists to read: ‘
6’6” ‘, and the ’20
metres’ sign removed
and the Council
informed
Eastleigh Metric distance signs
(8?) along a disused
railway track now
used as a public
footpath
Neatly covered over
by anti-metric
activist
Fritham** Two metric Forestry
Commission signs:
’50m’ to Fritham Car
Park; ‘500m’ to
Eyworth Pond Car Park
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read ’80yds’ and
‘1/4 mile’
respectively.
Forestry Commission
erected new sign;
re-amended by
anti-metric activists
Gosport Six metric distance
and road width signs
Replaced by the
council after
representations by
anti-metric activists
Matchams (road from
Hurn to Ringwood
about one mile west
of A 338)
Forestry Commission
sign to car park:
‘100m’
Anti-metric activist
covered over ‘m’ with
a plate saying ‘YDS’
Romsey, A 3057, one
mile north of Romsey
Sign: ‘Concealed
Entrance 50 mtrs’
(red metal sign with
white lettering
Changed by Council to
‘100 yds’ after
letters from Michael
Wigley
Seafront,
Portsmouth****
* Around 20 metric
signs on the seafront
and around Portsmouth
Old Town with over
200 ‘fingers’ on
them, all in units of
quarters of a
kilometre
3 signs with 30
double-sided
‘fingers’ on them
converted to British
distances using metal
plates, on 30 October
2001. The Council
hacked them off using
a hammer and
screwdriver two weeks
later. Council now
erecting dual-unit
signing on new signs.
Another 5 signs with
50 double-sided
distances on
converted in July
2002 Press reports
available
Seafront, Portsmouth New dual unit
pedestrian signs
(miles first)
Eight metric
distances covered
over with plates

HERTFORDSHIRE

A 414, Hertford to***
Harlow (Eastwick)
Sign to farm: ‘175
MTS’ (on eastbound
lane)
Brown-and-white metal
plate placed over it
with ‘200 yds’; this
was removed by the
owner, then painted
out again by an
anti-metric activist
and replaced with
‘YDS’ (sign since
removed completely)
A 4147 (just under M
10 and over M 1)
Metric distance signs
for site entrance and
lorries turning: 100
& 200 metres and two
metric width signs in
a lay-by (‘Car Park
width 2 METRES’
Distance signs –
metres painted out
and ‘yd’s
substituted; ‘2
METRES’ painted out
and ‘ 6’ 5” ‘
substituted
A 5183, Redbourn Sign ‘ 100m ‘ below
‘Give Way’ Triangle
Removed by
anti-metric activist
and Council informed
Ayot St. Lawrence Sign to Shaw’s Corner
(National Trust)
‘200m’
[Sign removed by
National Trust Car
Park; when it
relocated the Car
Park nearer the
house. Not counted as
a ‘demetrication’]
Cheshunt, Windmill
Lane near Cheshunt
Station
Road with sign ‘2.0m’ Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘ 6’ 6” ‘
Cheshunt, Windmill
Lane
Two car park entrance
signs: ‘ 1.8m ‘ and ‘
1.8 metres ‘
Amended to read ‘ 6’
0” ‘ and ‘ 5’ 11” ‘
Colney Heath to
Welhamgreen Road
Blue-and-white road
sign giving distance
to weight restriction
as ‘550m’ (just over
M1)
Changed by
anti-metric activist
to ‘600 yds’
Croxley (Watford
Road)
Two distance signs to
school in metres
Replacement erected
by Council in
response to letter
from UKIP M.E.P.
Jeffrey Titford
Dobbs Weir (Pindar
Road Level Crossing)
(Broxbourne BC)
2 height signs in
metric only (1.4m)
Physically altered by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘ 4’ 6” .
Council then erected
4 separate height
signs, two in
Imperial (‘ 4’ 7” )
and two in metric.
The metric ones have
now been removed by
persons unknown
Elstree Airport Sign on lane to
Elstree Airport: ‘200
metres’
[AWAITING ATTENTION]
Hertford, A 414 (east
Hertford)
6 signs giving
distance to
contractors site in
metres
Covered over in black
paint. Signs labelled
in yards by
contractors shortly
afterwards
Hertford to Essendon
Road
2 signs to
contractors’ site
entrance ’50 metres’
and ‘100 metres’
Covered over in black
paint
Hoddesdon Highwood
Road
Sign: ‘ Hump 35m’ Removed by
anti-metric activists
Pishiobury Park East
Herts Council
Car Park height sign
2m
[AWAITING ACTION]
Potters Bar – Waggon
Road (junction with
Cockfosters Road)
Metric distance sign:
‘Give Way: 80 m’
Removed by
anti-metric activist
and Hertsmere Council
informed
Sawbridgeworth
Pishiobury Park
Car park height sign
‘2.0M’
Replaced by
anti-metric activists
with plates saying 6′
6”
St. Albans East
Station (bottom of
hill)
Cast-iron metric
distance sign: ‘City
centre, Cathedral –
750m’
[AWAITING ACTION].
St. Albans – near
roundabout at
junction of A 4147
(Bluehouse Hill)/ A
5183 (Redbourn Road)
Sign in metres just
off Batchwood road
[AWAITING ACTION]
South Oxhey – Little
Oxhey Lane (near
Bushey Arches)
Sign to road humps:
‘200 metres ahead’
Changed by Watford
Council, after
representations by
Neal Webber, to ‘200
yds’
Stansted Abbots Metric distances on
Lee Valley Park
notice
Changed by
over-labelling in
Imperial
Watford Town Centre Three green-and-white
pedestrian metric
signs near the town
centre: ‘1km’,
‘650m’, ‘200m’
Blacked out by
anti-metric activist
and replaced by signs
saying: ‘3/4’, ‘1/2’
and ‘200 YDS’
Watford Town Centre Metric-only height
sign at Town Centre
underpass for
cyclists: ‘2.3m’
Changed to ‘ 7’ 6” ‘
Watford – Cassiobury
Park
Double-sided
fingerpost signs:
‘Emergency phone 224
metres’ and
‘Emergency ‘phone 70
metres’
Changed by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘Emergency
‘phone 250 yds’
[OTHER SIGN AWAITING
ACTION]
Weathampstead to
Hatfield Road (B 653)
Sign before
roundabout: ‘Give Way
75m.’
Removed and Council
notified
Wharf Road, Wormley,
Broxbourne
Dual height sign at
level crossing: ‘
16’6” ‘ and ‘5.0m’
‘5.0m’ covered over
by anti-metric
activists
Wheathampsted to
Hatfield Road (B 653)
Signs to car park
near Brockley Hall:
‘2m’
Changed to ‘ 6’6” ‘,
and two extra ‘ 6’ 6”
‘ signs added on to
the car park barrier
Welwyn Garden City
Howlands Road
Five signs giving
distance to ‘Caution.
Site Entrance.
Lorries Turning:
100M, or 50M’
Signs amended to read
in yards and
re-positioned.
Another illegal
metric 200M, or sign
in the yard removed.
The firm (Subterra)
informed in writing
Wood End, East Herts Distance signs:
‘Barrier ahead: 920
metres’ and ‘Barrier
ahead 240 metres’
Removed by
anti-metric activists
after Council failed
to deal with their
sign; Council
informed
‘Woodside’, S.E.
Herts: Baas lane near
Cheshunt
2 footpath signs only
in kilometres
(double-sided)
Removed by
anti-metric
activists; Herts C.C.
informed
ISLE OF WIGHT (3)
Botanical Gardens, on
Ventnor/St. Lawrence
Road, Ventnor
Two metric distance
signs: ‘500m’
Replaced by the
Council with two
signs stating ‘550
yards’, after
representations by
local activist DG
Smugglers Inn,
Ventnor
Metric distance sign Replaced by the
Council after
representations by
local activist DG

KENT (72)

Harrietsham 6 dual bridge height
signs (2 separate
locations)
Metric heights whited
out by anti metric
activist
Dover – cliffs on
west side (country
park – Samphire Ho!)
 Metric distances on
footpath signs and
benches
[AWAITING ACTION]
Folkestone Distance to toilets
on promenade in
metric
on [AWAITING ACTION]
Hurst Green Private metric
distance sign
Converted permanently
to ‘yds’ following
two ‘corrections’ by
anti-metric activists
Maidstone (Square
Hill Road)
Four distance signs
to weak bridge ‘100m’
Covered over by
anti-metric activist
in black paint.
Council informed and
admit ‘error’
Maidstone (Langley,
just east of Park
Wood, Maidstone, on
A274 heading east
Distance sign: ‘875m’ [AWAITING ACTION]
Staplehurst, A 229 Sign: ‘Stapleford
Manor 450 metres’ to
BUPA Hospital (near
Total filling
station)
[AWAITING ACTION]
Staplehurst, at
Cranbrook Common
(Junction of A 229 /
A 2
Sign: ‘Bumbles Plant
Centre 200m’ 62)
[AWAITING ACTION]
Tenterden area 57 metric distance
signs, ‘100 metres’
etc., erected by
Transco Pipe lines
warning of approach
to pipeline
50 signs removed and
the illegal distances
painted out before
being returned to
Transco; the other 7
painted over. Police
charged the
anti-metric activist
involved with theft
and criminal damage,
found guilty on 22
May 2002; case
subject to appeal:
Press reports
available
Tenterden, High
Street
2 signs to car park
in metric  distance &
heights only
Covered with black
aerosol
Tunbridge Wells Metric distance sign
to Crescent Road Car
Park
Removed after letter
to Council from
Rosemary Wickendon
Whitstable, Abbey
Homes Development
Sign to Site
Entrance: ‘200
metres’
Amended by
anti-metric activist
to read: ‘250 yards’

LANCASHIRE (38)

M 62, east of Oldham Elevation sign: ‘372
metres’ at highest
point of M62
[AWAITING ACTION]
Accrington Four signs warning of
weak bridge ahead ‘
30 m ‘
Amended into ‘yds’ by
anti-metric activists
Accrington Car park height sign
‘ 2.0m ‘
: Amended to read ‘
6’ 6” ‘ by antimetric
activists
Atherton, near Wigan
A 557
Several dozen, maybe
100-plus, metric
distance signs
erected by Transco
around their pipeline
One particular sign
replaced after letter
from UKIP M.E.P.
Jeffrey Titford. We
do not know what
happened to the
others (see Kent
Tenterden area –
above
Blackpool Promenade Finger post signs
giving distances such
as ‘6400 M’ along the
promenade in north
Blackpool
Six amended so far by
anti-metric activists
Blackpool Promenade Two signs to
emergency telephones
in metres (100 and
200 metres)
Amended into yards by
anti-metric activists
Blackpool – Car Park
Height
Dual-marked car park
height sign stating:
‘2M, 8 CM’ in metric
Metric height blacked
out by anti-metric
activists
Newton-le-Willows,
St. Helens
Newton Nature trail
has metric-only
distances
20 metric distances
on 7 metric signs
replaced by plates
showing Imperial
distances
Newton-le-Willows
(Mesnes Park area)
Two metric-only
bridge height signs
(‘3.2m’)
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Widnes Direction sign in
metres
Amended by Council
after letter from
anti-metric
campaigner

LANCASHIRE/

YORKSHIRE BORDER (2)

M 62 summit:
eastbound and
westbound
carriageways
Large hoarding
saying: “Highest
motorway in England:
372m (1221 feet)”
Anti-metric activists
painted out the
‘372m’

LEICESTERSHIRE (12)

Loughborough – Old
Central Railway
Station
Distance to turning
circle: ’20 metres’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Murphys Temporary road signs
in metric distances
warning of road works
ahead (about 12)
Replaced by Murphys
with signs in
imperial as a result
of representations by
Jamie Bye

LINCOLNSHIRE
(39)

A15 North <st2:City
w:st=”on”>Lincolnshire
Near Barton-on-Humber
Two signs warning of
slippery roads for
‘700m’
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Aug-05
Gainsborough Two dual bridge
height signs
Metric heights
blacked out by
Anti-metric activists
Grantham,
Lincolnshire
(North Kesteven
District Council)
Three dual car park
height signs in
metres with feet and
inches in brackets
Amended by
anti-metric activists
Grantham,
Lincolnshire
White on blue signs:
height limit ‘ 3.9m ‘
(dual) and ‘ 3.6m ‘
Metric deleted and ‘
3.6m ‘ replaced by ‘
12’ 0” ‘
Great Limber, North <st2:City
w:st=”on”>Lincolnshire
Highway sign: Weight
restriction ahead
‘200m’
Changed by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘200 yds’
Scunthorpe and North <st2:City
w:st=”on”>Lincolnshire
Around 20 metric
footpath signs
erected by North
Lincolnshire
Council
N. Lincs Council
forced to replace
them by signs in
Imperial by local
anti-metric
campaigner Pat Wells
(Press reports
available: Scunthorpe
Evening Telegraph)
[BUT SOME METRIC
SIGNS REMAIN AWAITING
ACTION]. The Council
screwed on
black-and-white
plates in yards to
cover over the
previous metric
distances
Mablethorpe Sea Front
(East Lindsey
District Council)
Three large signs to
Council car parks:
‘350M’, ‘750M’,
‘600M’
Changed by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘¼m’, ‘½m’,
‘600 yds’
Scunthorpe – Normanby
Road near Orb Lane
Metric distance sign:
‘200m’ (road traffic
sign)
Removed after
representations by
anti-metric
campaigner Pat Wells
Sleaford
(Holdingham),
Lincoln
Road
Temporary sign to
roadworks: ‘100 mtr’
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Spalding, Market
Square (Holland
Square)
Metric pedestrian
signs in the market
square reported to
ARM; Toilets ’80
metres’ and ‘150
metres’ (four
distances)
Converted to read
‘100 yds’ and ‘150
yds’ by anti-metric
activists

LONDON

A 2, east of Peckham Sign to college
entrance, white on
blue, westbound south
side of A2 at road
junction: ‘105 metres
[AWAITING ACTION]
A 13 East India Dock
Road/Newham Way LB
Tower Hamlets
Metric distance sign
to car park
Distance plate
replaced by the
Council after letter
from UKIP M.E.P.
Jeffrey Titford
<st2:City
w:st=”on”>
Albany
Road/Camberwell Road
Junction LB Southwark
‘Southwark
Disablement Re
Centre, ‘200m’
(doublesided)
moved by anti-metric
activists and
Southwark Council
informed
Amhurst Road signs,
Stoke Newington LB
Hackney
First-ever traffic
sign in kilometres
showing distances in
km to three local
destinations reported
in ‘Daily Mail’
Painted over by
anti-metric activists
on sae day as press
report and changed to
miles; Council then
amended the sign
itself to miles
Barnet – Cat Hill LB
Barnet
2 Traffic sign:
Toilets ‘150m’ and
‘100m’
Replaced with signs
saying ‘150 yds’ and
‘150 yds’ after
representations by
UKIP/BWMA member
Eddie Worster and
BWMA member Steve
Fenn
Barnet – High Road LB
Barnet
Metric pedestrian
sign
Changed to Imperial
following a letter
from BWMA member
Steve Fenn
Blackheath Village LB
Lewisham
4 double-sided signs
to automatic toilet
in metres
All now painted over
and black card used
to display distances
in yards
Camden LB Camden Metric distance signs
(2?)
Replaced in Imperial
by Council after a
letter from Jack
Scullard
Camden LB Camden Sign: ‘P – 200m’,
Camden High Street
[AWAITING ACTION]
Camden Road LB Camden Distance to road
width: ‘100 metres’
(blue-and-white sign)
Removed by
anti-metric activists
and Council informed
Canary Wharf / Isle
of Dogs, LB Tower
Hamlets
Four height signs –
all saying ‘2.15 m’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Chicheley Street off
York Street , LB
Lambeth
Entrance to Car Park
sign: 2.18 M, plus
three blue-and-white
metric distance signs
to local ‘chippie’
Car Park sign amended
by anti-metric
activists to read ‘
7’ 2” ‘; other signs
removed
Chingford Park LB
Waltham Forest
Two double-side
wooden posts in
Chingford High Road:
‘Chingford Park 800m’
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘1/2 mile’
City Road/Old Street
are LB Islington
a 57 signs giving
distances to road
humps in metres
Removed in a series
of raids by
antimetric activists.
Returned to Islington
Council after illegal
metric distances had
been painted out. No
action taken by the
Council
Croydon: Croham Park,
Hurst near Croydon LB
Croydon
Metric footpath sign
at entrance to park
[AWAITING ACTION]
Croydon LB Croydon Pedestrian sign to
Library: ‘200 metres’
Changed by the
Council, by
overlabelling in
yards, after letter
from John Gardner of
BWMA
Croydon: Tamworth
Street LB Croydon
Sign at railway
giving height and
length of permitted
vehicles in metric
Reported to LB
Croydon by John
Gardner of BWMA
[AWAITING ACTION]
Dalston LB Hackney Sign Car Park Ahead
‘350m’
Over-plated by sign
saying ‘400 yds’ by
anti-metric activists
Deptford High Street
LB Lewisham
4 double-sided signs
to Disabled Toilets:
‘500m’, 4’00m’,
‘380m’,
Changed by
anti-metric activists
to 3 x ‘ 1/4m’ and
‘250 yds’ ‘225m’
Edmonton, The Angel
LB Enfield
2 ‘fingerpost’ signs
with 8 double-sided
‘fingers’ giving 15
separate metric
distances
Replaced with plates
in Imperial units by
anti-metric activists
(30 plates needed)
Press reports
available
Essex Road, LB
Islington
Sign to waste
disposals unit: ‘200
METRES’
Sign amended by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘200 yds’
Exhibition Road, near
Hyde Park and the
Museums LB Kensington
& Chelsea
Sign on railings:
‘Museums 150 metres’
Changed by
anti-metric activists
to ‘165 yards’
Greenway footpath
from Bow to Stratford
LB Newham
Green-and-yellow
foot- path signs
giving distances in
metres and kilometres
Two amended to yards
by antimetric
activists (more
amendments planned)
Greenwich, Royal Park Many distances in the
Royal Park given in
metres
[AWAITING ACTION] in
Hackney Dual blue-and-white
signs giving heights
in metres
Four amended by
painting out ‘4.0m’
and ‘4.2m’ at Dalston
Hallam Street LB
Westminster
Sign to ‘Give Way’ 30
metres
Removed and Council
informed. Council
have replaced it, and
didn’t want their
sign back
Harold Wood, St.
Neots Road, LB
Havering
4 metric distance
signs
Converted to yards by
the Council after
letters from Warwick
Cairns
Heathrow Airport
Approach Road LB
Hillingdon
Distance sign to
traffic lights:
‘400m’
Covered over with
black aerosol paint
Hither Green; Manor
Road & Longhurst Road
areas LB Lewisham
Seven blue-and-white
road width
restriction signs and
four other road width
signs
Amended into British
distances by
anti-metric activists
Hither Green; Manor
Road, Longhurst Road
areas the above raid
and a robust letter
LB Lewisham
(Estimated numbers):
9 blue-and-white road
width signs and
approx. 20 distance
signs to road humps
in metres
Amended by the
Council following
from ARM (10.12.01);
all now in yards,
feet and inches
Hornchurch (Osborne
Road)
4 signs giving road
width and distances
in metric only
Altered (promptly) by
LB Havering after
letter by local
activist Greta Smith
Hornchurch
(Ravenscourt Grove)
4 signs giving road
width and distances
in metric only
Altered (promptly) by
LB Havering after
letters by local
activists Greta Smith
and Richard Clements
House of Commons* LB
Westminster
2 brass plaques
giving 5 distances to
parts of the Houses
of Parliament in
metric units only
Anti-metric activists
erect 5 metal plates
to cover over the
metric distances
Hyde Park, LB
Westminster
Signs to toilets all
in metric units
(about 20
double-sided fingers,
plus other signs to
exits all in metric)
So far, four sets of
signs changed: ‘300m’
changed to ‘300 yds’,
‘350m’ changed to
‘1/4’, ‘200m’ to ‘250
yds’ (7 distances)
plus three signs to
exits demetricated
Jodrell Road/Cadogan
Terrace/Wick Lane LB
Tower Hamlets
4 metric-only bridge
height signs
Removed by
anti-metric activists
and Council informed
Kentish Town Road/
Highgate Road (close
Kentish Town Tube
Station) LB Camden
Two signs giving
directions to local
recycling centre and
vehicle pound in
metres (200 & 300
respectively)
Removed and Council
notified cling
Kenworthy Road A 102
/ Homerton Road B
112, LB Hackney
Dual metric/British
bridge height signs
Metric heights whited
out with white paint
Kings Cross area, LB
Camden
7 signs giving metric
distances to
Thameslink Station
(blue and white)
Removed in two raids
by anti-metric
activists
Lewisham Hill Sign to traffic
lights: ‘120m’ at
foot of Lewisham Hill
Removed by
anti-metric activists
Lewisham: SE4 and
SE14 areas: Bexhill
Road, Wickham Road,
Geoffrey Road,
Brockley Cross,
Drakefell Road, Pepys
Road, Kitto Road,
Arbuthnot Road,
Waller Road, Erlanger
Road, Brockley
Station: LB Lewsisham
Approx. 20 metric
signs, either to
width restrictions or
to road humps, plus
width restriction
signs saying: ‘2.13m’
(some of them
blue-and-white)
16 signs put back
into Imperial by ]
anti-metric
activists, in Manor
Avenue, Geoffrey
Road, Drakefell Road
and Kitto Road – so
far [A FEW AWAITING
ACTION]
Lewisham Hospital Height sign at
entrance in only in
metres
Amended to feet and
inches by antimetric
activists
London
Zoo
Four (green) signs to
London
Zoo Car Park, three
saying ‘300 metres’
and one saying ‘100
metres’, and one
red-and-white sign
showing entrance
ahead ‘200 metres
Amended by
anti-metric activists
into English
distances; 1/4 mile,
350 yds (x 2), 150
yds and 200 yds
respectively ‘
Masons Hill, Bromley
LB Bromley
3 blue-and-white
traffic signs giving
distances to weak
bridge in metres
Painted out by
anti-metric activists
in white with black
card used to give
distances in yards
Mawneys, (Birch Road/
Cross Road/White Hart
Lane LB Havering
7 signs giving road
widths and distances
only in metres only
Altered (promptly) by
LB Havering after
letter by local
activist Richard
Clements
Mount Pleasant Metric height sign
‘2.70m’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Oxford Street LB
Westminster
Signs to McDonalds in
white and red
McDonalds – 50
metres’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Parkland Walk LB
Haringey
17 distances on 4
signs along Parkland
Walk (old Finsbury
Park to Highgate
railway line
Amended 9 Sep 2005 by
anti-metric activists
Parliament Hill, LB
Camden
2 signs to
Information Centre,
300m
Changed by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘300 YDS’
Picketts Lock Road LB
Enfield
Blue-and-white sign
giving a height as
2.1m (7’0”)
Metric height and
brackets removed by
anti-metric activist
Pratt Street, Camden
LB Camden
Sign to Car Park,
’20m’
Removed by
anti-metric activist;
Council informed
South Circular Road,
A 205, Brownhill Road
just before Stainton
Road, SE6 LB Lewisham
‘Humps for 520m’ (one
westbound, one
eastbound)
Reported by BWMA
member Sam Malin;
later removed by
anti-metric activist
and Lewisham Council
informed
Spur Way, off
Alfred’s Way/Jenkins
Lane just off A 13 in
Barking LB Newham or
Barking Dagenham?
Metric only bridge
height sign: ‘5.0m’
Reported by BWMA
member Sam Malin, but
Council took no
action; amended by
anti-metric activist
to read: ‘ 16’ 5” ‘
Stamford Hill, South
Tottenham LB Havering
Sign warning of
traffic lights ahead
‘115m’
Removed and local
Council notified
Stratford/West Ham/
Beckton area LB
Newham
About 40-50 signs in
metric along the
‘Greenway’ and
neighbouring
footpaths
One amended by
anti-metric activist.
The others AWAITING
ACTION
Thames Path near
Southwark Bridge
Two signs near
barrier advising
walkers of an
alternative route in
350 metres
Metal plates and
adhesive reflective
white lettering used
to replace the
distance with sign
showing ‘380 yards’
Tollington Way,
Holloway LB Islington
Four signs in dual
metric/Imperial –
width restriction
7’0” and 2.13m
Metric widths blacked
out by anti metric
activists 9 Sep 2005
Tower of
London*
City
Metric sign to the
Entrance to the
Tower: ‘250m’
Amended by affixing a
‘275 yds’ sign. Tower
of
London
staff removed the
‘275 plate’ after a
telephone call about
it from the ‘Daily
Mail’. Reported in
the ‘Peterborough’
column of the ‘Daily
Mail’ on 29 April
2003 (p. 15)
Tower Hamlets
Distance Signs to
Speed Humps LB Tower
Hamlets
Metric distances to
speed humps
Altered by Council
after letter from
Frederick Rodriguez
(‘Yardstick’ 16)
Upper Thames Street
(junction with High
Timber Street and
Stew Lane) City
Sign: ‘Humps in 20
metres’
Removed by
anti-metric activists
and Council notified
Tower of
London
(City of
London)
Sign to Ticket
Office: ‘250m’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Vauxhall/Lambeth** LB
Lambeth
9 fingerpost signs
with 34 double-sided
‘fingers’ on them,
all in metric
All 34 ‘fingers’ now
covered over by
anti-metric activists
(i.e. 74 distances)
and replaced with
plates showing
British distances.
Amended by LB
Lambeth; re-amend by
antimetric activists
Wandsworth, A 217 Dual height sign,
‘4.3m’ and ‘ 14’ 0” ‘
‘4.3m’ covered over
by anti-metric
Waterloo Station area
LB Lambeth
Three bridge height
signs, all saying
‘2.9m’
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘9’ 6”

MANCHESTER
AND STOCKPORT
METROPOLITAN BOROUGH
(10)

Lightbowne Road area,
Moston,
Manchester
9 distance signs to
road humps in metres
8 removed by
anti-metric activists
and returned to
Manchester
City Council. Press
Reports available.
One other similar
sign was spotted by a
Mr M Reaper who took
up the matter with
Manchester
City Council and got
a promise that the
sign would be changed
Middleton,
Manchester
Sign giving distance
to roadworks ahead in
metres
Painted over by
anti-metric activists
and replaced with
sign in yards
Stockport – Brabyns
Road, next to
Midland
Hotel, Marple Bridge
‘Caution – Drive
Carefully Car Park
exit 45 metres’
Reported by Alan
Coates; eventually
covered over by the
Council

MERSEYSIDE

Birkenhead – Hamilton
area
Pedestrian signs in
Hamilton area;
cast-iron
[AWAITING ACTION]

NORFOLK
(12)

A 1065 Hempton Signs to Household
Waste Disposal site:
Removed by
Norfolk
County Council 400
metres’ after letter
from ARM
Felbrigg House near
Cromer
Signs to National
Trust: ‘300m’ (two)
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘350 yds’
Norwich, near
Cathedral/ Tomb Lane
Signs to Elm Hill:
‘300 metres’ and to
Toilets: ‘120 metres’
Reported by Mike
Davies of <st2:City
w:st=”on”>Norfolk
CBI [AWAITING ACTION]
Sheringham Park**
(National Trust)
Signs to car park:
‘200 metres’ and ‘100
metres’
One amended to read
‘200 yds’; the other
only to ‘yds’ as the
activist was
interrupted. Update:
the NT had replaced
our ‘200 yds’ simply
with an arrow
pointing in the right
direction. The ‘yds’
had been removed, so
an anti-metric
activist affixed
lettering saying ‘1/4
mile’
Swanton Morley (near
Dereham)
Five signs giving
dual speed limits for
tanks: ’20 mph = 32
km/h
‘=32 km/h’ neatly
blacked out by
anti-metric activist
on all five signs ‘
A 1101, Welney Four dual river
height signs – in
feet up to 8 feet
high, and in up to
2.5m high
Metric half of the
signs blacked out by
anti-metric activists
metric
West of East Dereham
(Swaffham Heath) (A
1122)
Two signs to Picnic
Site: ‘500 metres’
Covered over by
anti-metric activist

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE (35)

A 43 at Little Oakley Two triangular signs:
‘3.9m’ – below signs
saying ‘ 13’ 0”
Removed by
anti-metric activists
A 421 – close to
Junction 13 on M1
Metric distance sign Amended by
anti-metric activist
Brixworth area Metric distance sign Changed into Imperial
after letter from
Stephen Tamblin
Byfield
Parish
Council
Letter in ‘The
Times’, 1 May 2002
from Mr R. Mallace, 3
Hinton House Farm
Cottages, Byfield,
DAVENTRY, Northants,
NN11 3QT: “Our
Parish
Council wished to put
up a sign indicating
a distance of 50m to
a car park. We have
been informed by the
Highways Department
of the County Council
that metric distances
are illegal: the
distances must be
given in yards”
Denford Signs to ‘Cock Inn’
on canal bridge
giving distances as
‘200m’
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘300 yds’
Geddington Sign on southern end
to the village: ‘
2.1m’ road width in ‘
400m ‘
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘ 6’ 6” in
‘1/4 mile’
Great Oakley Dual height signs for
railway bridges
Metric distances
blacked out by
antimetric activists
(two blacked out so
far)
Greens Norton At A 5
/ A 43 roundabout
near Filling Station
Notice to ‘Garden
Centre’ in metres
[AWAITING ACTION]
Northampton Town 18 signs giving
distances to road
humps in metres
Removed by
anti-metric activists
from UKIP, dumped a
few miles away in the
undergrowth, reported
to the local papers
and then to the local
Council. Press
reports available
Northampton Town Sign: ’20 metres’
outside Northampton
Library
[AWAITING ACTION]
River Nene Most locks have signs
giving speed limit as
‘11.2 kph’
5 signs
professionally
amended to read
‘7mph’ in
Wellingborough area
by anti-metric
activists (especially
around <st2:City
w:st=”on”>Islip
and Thrapston) and 8
signs amended just
east of Peterborough
(Cambs)
Thrapston Two signs in Co-op
Store Car Park: ‘2
METRES’
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘6’ 6”
Weedon; A 45 Trunk
Road (Highways
Agency)
Northamptonshire
(Kidlington turn-off)
and Kislingbury Road,
Rothersthorpe
Two signs giving
metric distances
Converted to yards
after letters written
by local anti-metric
activists

NORTHERN IRELAND

County Fermanagh A 32 Sign: ‘Road Works
Ahead 800m’ on
Enniskillen to
Ballinamallard road
(A32)
[AWAITING ACTION]
County Fermanagh:
Castle Archdale
Forest
Several metric
footpath signs on
forest tracks
[AWAITING ACTION]
Londonderry Sign ‘Road Humps 135
metres’ in Town
Centre
[AWAITING ACTION]
Londonderry Sign: ‘Road Works
Ahead 800m’ on
Londonderry
to Coleraine Road
[AWAITING ACTION]

NORTHUMBERLAND

Berwick-on-Tweed Metric pedestrian
signs in the town
centre
[AWAITING ACTION]
Druridge Park Metric distance signs
in the park
[AWAITING ACTION]

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE (3)

Trent Bridge/ Holme
Pierrepont
Various metric signs
along the canal
Two large signs
(‘400m’ and ‘150m’ to
Holme Lock replaced
by antimetric
activists with signs
saying ‘¼ mile’ and
‘150 yds’ plus sign
along towpath saying
‘3km’ converted to
‘1¾m’

OXFORDSHIRE (5)

A 361 – top of
Burford, just before
A 44
Blue-and-white
restriction sign –
lorries over ’13
metres’
[AWAITING ACTION]
A 41 Aylesbury to
Bicester road
Several bridge height
signs: ‘4.5m’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Banbury Town Centre 2 signs to Car Park
banning lorries ‘over
6 metres’
Replaced by 2 signs
saying ‘ 20’ ‘
Upper Heyford Metric distance sign
with in M.O.D.
installation
Covered over by
anti-metric activist
Thrupp to Littleworth
road
Six temporary road
signs to Plant
Crossing Ahead at
distances of
200-metres intervals
Two removed by
anti-metric activist
Wallingford, South
Oxfordshire
Wooden footpath signs
with metric distances
on
[AWAITING ACTION]

RUTLAND (4)

Rutland Water Blue-and-white signs
in kilometres for
cyclists and
pedestrians, erected
by Anglian water
Chambers (four?)
Taken down on the
orders of Rutland
District Council and
replaced in Imperial
units after letters
from Mr a Rutland
resident

SHROPSHIRE (3)

A 49 – Skew Bridge Temporary sign: ‘Road
Works Ahead 200m’
Replaced by sign in
yards within 24 hours
of a complaint being
made by local farmer
Keith Stephens
Lower Whitcliffe,
near Ludlow (close to
site of former
Bowling Green Hotel)
Two signs to
dangerous bend:
‘250m’
Letter from
Shropshire Council
dated 30 July 2002
says ‘the distance
plates you referred
to have been removed’
Shrewsbury (1) Road width signs
in metric only (2.0m)
in New Street (2)
Height restriction
entering ‘Park and
Ride’: 2.0m (3)
Bridge height in
metric with Imperial
in brackets
[AWAITING ACTION]
reported by Andy
Digby

SOMERSET (13)

A 371 near Shepton
Mallett
Sign to hotel/pub –
300 metres
[AWAITING ACTION]
Bridgwater – Town
Centre
Three pedestrian
metric distance
signs, one to
‘Toilets’
One amended by local
Council after
representations by
Vicki Gardner; two
others by local
anti-metric activists
Brent Knoll Metric distance sign
spotted by Steve Reed
[AWAITING ACTION]
Burnham-on-Sea Metric distance sign
spotted by Steve Reed
[AWAITING ACTION]
Frome, top of Castle
Street and Catherine
Street and Nunney
Drive
Six signs giving
width restrictions of
‘2.0m’ or ‘1.9m’ and
blue-and-white sign
giving metric width
in brackets
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘ 6’ 6” ‘ or
‘ 6’ 2” ‘ and metric
width on
blue-and-white sign
blacked out
Frome, entrance to
Park Hill Drive in
the Welshmill area
Two more metric-only
signs: ‘2.0m’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Glastonbury Two metric pedestrian
signs
Converted to yards
after letters to
Mendip District
Council by Steve Reed
Press reports
available
Mells, near Frome
(opposite Mells Post
Office
Two metric-only road
width signs: ‘2.0m’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Templecombe, near
Yeovil, on A 357
Two signs saying ‘No
footway for 282
metres’
Removed by
anti-metric activists
and Somerset County
Council informed
Wells Cathedral Sign outside the
cathedral – entrance
for wheelchairs and
prams 20 metres
[AWAITING ACTION]

STAFFORDSHIRE (9)

A 5 – Crematorium
(just north of the M
6)
‘Crematorium – 200
metres’ (2 signs)
[AWAITING ACTION]
Cannock Case –
Forestry Commission
Metric-only distances
to Forestry
Commission Car Park,
for cycle routes in
the forest, and to
emergency telephones
Forestry Commission
have agreed to
replace or remove
metric-only signs on
the highway, but not
inside the forest
(Letter from Mr P
Honey to Director of
Forestry Commission).
Two signs at Visitor
Centre giving
Distances for cycle
routes of 6km, 7km
and 15km changed to 3
¾ miles, 4 ½ miles
and 9 miles
respectively
Hodnet By-Pass (A 53) Four temporary signs
erected by McAlpine
warnings of road
works so many
‘metres’ ahead
Replaced by signs in
yards after a giving
letter from
Staffordshire County
Councillor
Stoke on Tent (City
Centre)
Two metric distance
signs one near
Maplins Store
London
Road (B 5041) and one
near Woolworths,
Stoke-on-Trent
Campbell Place (A 52
Converted to yards by
the Council after
representations by
Steve Tildesley
including a piece on
Radio )

SUFFOLK (29)

Bury St. Edmunds 9 brown-and-white
tourist signs with
metric on them, plus
sign to Nuffield
Hospital: ‘80
metres’, plus sign to
car park: ‘250m’,
plus metric distance
sign ‘570 metres’
All converted by
anti-metric activists
distances to the
correct Imperial
distances
Bury St. Edmunds Four illegal
road-width signs each
giving road width as
‘2.4m’
Removed by
anti-metric activists
and Council informed
Bury St. Edmunds;
Entrance to British
Sugar
Two signs: ‘Goods 300
metres’, ‘B.S.
Factory 400 metres’
[AWAITING ACTION}
Eyke Car Park height sign,
‘ 2.2 M ‘
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘ 7’ 2” ‘
Lowestoft Promenade 6 pedestrian signs in
4 years erected by
Waveney District
Council
Each taken down
reluctantly on
receipt of protest
letters from UKIP
member Pat Carroll
Melford Hall
(National Trust),
Long Melford
Sign outside Melford
Hall: Car Park:
‘100m’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Melton Riverside
Picnic Site/Car Park
(near Woodbridge)
3 metric-only height
signs, two outside
the park, each
reading 2.3m
Amended by
anti-metric activists
car to read: 7′ 6”
Press reports
available
Needham Market A 1078
near A 14
Two signs to low
bridge on A 1078: ‘
2.4m ‘
Removed by
anti-metric activist
and Council informed
Rendlesham Forest Signs giving
distances to
campsite, car park
and offices in
metres: 50m, 100m,
150m
Changed with
attractive
brown-and-white signs
to 60yds, 120 yds and
175 yds by
anti-metric activists
Press reports
available
Southwold Promenade
(Walberswick end)
Blue-and-white
double- sided
pedestrian sign to
road: ‘Ferry Road
100m – WC’
Removed by
anti-metric activist
and Council informed

SURREY (4)

Dorking (Mole Valley
Council)
Sign giving distance
to road hump ’80
metres’
Removed after Council
claimed their sign
‘broke no
regulation’. Letter
sent to Council
informing them
Holmethorpe, Redhill Sign: ‘Holmethorpe
Industrial Estate:
500m’
Covered over with
sticky tape by
antimetric activist
(member of BWMA);
then re-covered with
a label by the
Council in metric;
now all labels have
been peeled off
leaving the sign free
of the illegal
measurement
M25 (Junctions 5 to
6)
Metric distance
signs, M25 A 39.8 and
M25 B 39.8
One removed, one
folded over by
anti-metric activist
Sunbury-on-Thames,
off 25 junction for
Sunbury driving north
on M 25 from M 25 / M
3 junction
‘Disabled Toilet;
Lay-By 350 mtrs’
[AWAITING ACTION].
Reported by Idris
Francis

SUSSEX – EAST AND
WEST (291)

A 259 between
Bexhill-on-Sea and
Eastbourne
Two signs on a
roundabout: ‘Car Park
100 metres’
White-on-black plates
affixed replacing
‘metres’ with ‘yds’
Ashburnham House* Two metric distance
signs
Converted to yards by
anti-metric activists
Bexhill-on-Sea Highway sign: ‘Two
junctions in 85
Converted to British
distances by metres’
Council after letter
from Anthony Leeding
Bexhill-on-Sea Two sets of
fingerpost signs on
the promenade in
metres (6 doublesided
fingers)
Metal plates used to
convert them to
miles/yards Press
Reports available
Brighton, Grand
Parade
Traffic sign to
University: 400
metres
Over-labelled in
yards after letter
from Jeffrey Titford
M.E.P. Press reports
available
Crawley, Queens
Square and Broadway
Metric-only
pedestrian signs in
town centre
60 metric distances
on 22 fingers on 6
signs painted over by
anti-metric activist;
4 distances had
Imperial distances
placed on them until
the Police stopped
the action by
arresting the
activist
Chichester, Velyn
Avenue
Metric distance sign Changed to one in
yards by the Council
after representations
by local anti-metric
activist
Eastbourne Promenade 26 metric distance
signs erected by
Eastbourne Council
along the promenade
with the help of an
Irish health charity,
at 500-metre
intervals
Amended by the
Council in early 2003
after representations
by Andrew Dakyns and
Rev. Norman
Greenfield. Now
relocated at ½-mile
intervals
Eastbourne Promenade 4 signs giving
distances to ramps
for disabled people;
various from ‘155
METRES’ to ‘190
METRES’
Amended by
anti-metric activists
affixing plates with
‘200 yds’ on them
distances
Fairlight, near
Hastings
Sign: ‘Tea Rooms
300m’
[AWAITING ACTION]
Gatwick Airport: Exit
from North Terminal
Two metric distances
(’90m’) on exit from
Gatwick Airport
Painted over by
anti-metric activist
[Other similar signs
reported at Gatwick
Airport: AWAITING
ACTION]
Hastings Promenade* Cast-iron metric
fingerpost signs
along Promenade
138 metal plates used
on 69 double sided
fingers on 11 seaside
fingerpost signs
Press reports
available
Hastings* Distance ‘150mts’ on
tourist notice in Old
Hastings
Metal plate used to
change it to ‘YDS’.
This was removed by
the Council so
another one has been
erected saying ‘150
yds’
Hastings (Hastings to
Bexhill Road
Sign: ‘Beach 400m’ d) Metal plate used to
give a distance of
‘1/4m’
Hastings A2101 5 double-sided
distance signs on A
2101 in metres
White paint and card
used to convert to
yards
Hastings 3 entrances to car
parks with height
signs only in metres
(2.0, 2.2, 2.25)
White paint and card
used to convert to
feet/inches (6’6”,
7’4”, 7’5”). Signs
now replaced by the
Council in dual units
Hastings 3 traffic signs
giving distances to
humps in metres
Removed and Council
notified
Hastings Six distances to
toilets on a
brown-and-white
tourist sign, ‘400m’,
‘450m’ and ‘1100m’
Covered with
white-on-brown plates
by anti-metric
activists: 4 x ‘1/4
mile’, 2 x ‘ ¾ mile’
Hastings (The Ridge) Footpath signs along
‘the Ridge’, Hastings
(green)
Four double-sided
fingers converted to
distances in yards
Hastings (4m N. of
Hastings on A 21)
Two signs to
Claremont School: ’50
metres’
Metal plates covered
over the words
‘metres’ to read
‘yds’
Hastings (Hastings to
Bexhill Road)
accompanying British
height signs
Two unnecessary
metric bridge height
signs (4.8m)
Removed and Council
notified
Littlehampton,
Promenade
Pedestrian sign on
seafront giving
distance in metres
Metric distance
covered over by Arun
District Council
after representations
from local resident
Press reports
available
Steyning (note this
incident took place
in 1997)
Metric distance
warning signs to
Transco pipeline
(around 10)
Removed after
representations by
BWMA member Paul
Rippingham

SUTHERLAND (SCOTLAND)
(2)

Inverkirkraig Footpath sign (double
sided) to Kirkraig
Falls; ‘ 3.5 k ‘
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘ 2 ¼ m ‘

THAMES RIVER (2)

All 41 locks on the
River
Either one, or two
signs on the entrance
and exit of each lock
saying ‘8 kilometres
per hour’
Two signs removed so
far: at Romney
Locknear Windsor and
Lower Shiplake near
Henley-on-Thames
[rest AWAITING
ACTION]
Truss’s Island (south
of Staines)
Sign: speed limit on
river: 8 kilometres
per hour
[AWAITING ACTION]

TYNE AND WEAR (5)

Fish Quay, Sunderland Pedestrian sign:
‘Fish Quay, 700
metres’ (two-sided)
Replaced with British
distance after
protest by Metric
Martyr Neil Herron
Press reports
available
North Tyneside –
Middle Engine Lane,
North Shields
Sign to Silverlink
1km and Percy Main 2
½ km (blue-and-white)
plus green bridleway
sign in km
North Tyneside
Council agreed to
replace these after a
letter-writing
campaign by Judith
Wallace, a member of
the North-East Region
Committee of UKIP

WARWICKSHIRE (13)

A 41 / M 42 Junction Private roadside
sign: ‘Site Entrance
100 Metres’
Removed from roadside
by anti-metric
activists
Birmingham
to Stratford-on-Avon
road
Two signs in metres
to a banqueting
centre
Covered over by
anti-metric activist
Dunchurch Illegal metric-only
traffic sign
Changed by
Warwickshire C.C.
after representations
from M J Parker
Hunningham (Leam
Bridge)
Two metric-only width
restriction signs
Changed by the
Council after
representations by M
J Parker
Solihull, just south
of M42
Three illegal
dual-unit width
restriction signs and
two other unnecessary
roundels saying width
restriction ‘ 2.0m ‘
Metric distances on
dual width signs
blacked out and the
two metric roundels
removed by
anti-metric activists
Stratford-on-Avon**** 4 large
yellow-and-black
signs in metres to
local emergency
telephones
Professionally
replaced by signs
showing equivalent
distances in yards by
anti-metric
activists. Press
reports available.
Council has now
over-labelled with
the distance in yards
with the equivalent
distance in metres in
brackets and smaller
lettering
Stratford-on-Avon,
Butterfly Farm
Metric distances to
Butterfly Farm
[AWAITING ACTION] –
Not found

WILTSHIRE (1)

Salisbury – A 345
southbound, near Old
Sarum
‘Old House Harvester
150 metres’
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read ‘150 yds’

WORCESTERSHIRE

Minor road just west
of Bromsgrove
Blue and white sign;
‘Give Way’ in ‘200
metres’
[AWAITING ACTION]

YORKSHIRE – EAST
RIDING (2)

Holderness in County
of East Riding of
Yorkshire
Two temporary metric
distance signs
One replaced with a
sign in yards and one
removed after Mr W R
Bell of Ottringham
wrote to the Council
York Railway Station Sign: ’50 metres’ [AWAITING ACTION]

YORKSHIRE – NORTH
YORKSIRE (17)

Moor Monkton Two footpath signs to
Poppleton/Thorpe
wood, each with on
them (four in
total)****
Anti-metric activists
covered over the
Under- metric
distances with
black-and-white ‘ 7km
‘ plates saying:
’41/2’ stances
Moor Monkton, Cattal,
Kirk Hammerton area
Six more footpath
signs with metric
distances on them
Amended by
anti-metric
activities to read in
miles
Moor Monkton Private sign to 17th
century school
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘ 11/2 ‘
Scotch Corner
Roundabout, on A1
just north of Scotch
Corner Hotel
Two signs to
Weighbridge: ‘200m’
Amended by
anti-metric activists
to read: ‘200 yds’
Sowerby, near Thirsk Metric-only road
width and distance
sign (white on red) –
3m in 400m
Amended to width
restriction 10′ 6” in
¼ mile by anti-metric
activists
York City Council Thirty footpath signs
with metric distances
on them
Amended by York
Council placing
plastic discs over
them and apologising
for having made an
‘error’

YORKSHIRE – WEST
RIDING (4)

Barnsley, Worsborough
Mill (Wigfield Farm)
Distances between
Silkstone Common and
Wombwell in
kilometres only
[AWAITING ACTION]
Tong Village, near
Leeds
Two metric footpath
signs 0.25km and
1.4km to two local
destinations (doublesided)
Amended to Imperial
by anti-metric
activists