Signs of the Times was started in 1984 by David Dokk-Olsen who had always admired the craft of the cast iron foundries of Great Britain. The foundries originally cast signs for the railways and canals and their use was extended to name the keepers’ cottages along the canalside and railway crossings.
David had always wanted to make these signs and so devised methods of manufacture using modern and more durable materials. The result today is a business manufacturing signs for both domestic and commercial applications. The company employs 12 people in the small village of Tebworth in Bedfordshire.
As well as the signs the company has expanded to supply a wider range of products to provide a more complete range for our customers. The letter box business was started by David and two employees of the company about 13 years ago with a container load of US Mail boxes. These proved very popular and the range was increased to include the European style of box. The company now supply banks of mail boxes for flats and offices together with ant-arson styles as well.
Designers, manufacturers and suppliers of signs and decorative panels for the past 28 and more years, Signs of the Times has built up a large and varied group of discerning clients in all fields. From an original range of cast polyurethane signs, the company has expanded into cast bronze, aluminium and grp as well as engraved brass, bronze, slate, granite and perspex, cast and cut-out letters to any size and the large range of letterboxes. More recently the art of coating polymers with metal coatings has added another useful string to our bow.
Along the way, the company has acquired a vast wealth of knowledge concerning the deployment of signs, and a deep insight into the ways that clients needs can be best met.
Signs are designed artistically by perception rather than the stereotype computer generated images.
Range of signs includes:
- House signs
- Showhouse signs
- Street name plates
- Directory systems and orientation boards
- Commemorative (including blue plaques) and informative plaques
- Heraldic devices and ceremonial coats of arms
- Country signs and footpath way markers
- Urban walking signs
- Golf club signage
- Corporate roundabout markers
- Presentation plaques
- Scholastic and Ecclesiastical signs
- Individual letters in various materials, sizes and typeface
- Wall mounted and suspended signs
- Fingerposts and post mounted directional signs
As the signs are handmade an infinite variety of materials, methods and flexibility is used and achieved by Signs of the Times, together with an ability to offer a personal and friendly service to all our customers.