The following information about the design of the village sign has been taken verbatim from David Moyse's book "The Village where I went to School", which is available in local shops. We are very grateful to him for his permission to quote from the book.
REYDON VILLAGE SIGN
Designer: Peter Gerrell
Unveiled by: Right Hon. Jim Prior, MP, Minister for agriculture (now Lord Prior of Brampton)
1. Brick Wall - Strength in number (bricks) and a solidarity by accommodation of all creeds, to build and beautify.
2. Cogwheel - Progress by Community consent, also depicting the important role played by the village forge and blacksmiths (now extinct), around which some of the first seeds of development were sown: coaching house and gathering place.
3. Cross - the Cross in the centre is where it should be. Surrounded by the first seeds of development (Cogwheel) the Cross represents the role of the Church in Parish daily life. At the centre of all things to depict our desire that Christian ideals should be at the centre of all things, our thinking and our deeds.
4. Rye Sheaf - Rye, from which the name of our village originated - RYE-on-the-HILL. It is noted that the village is of light soil and stands on a hill, ideal, as indeed history has proved, for growing the early rye so important to earlier survival. Also the Sheaf itself represents the cornerstone of our past, agriculture.
5. Oak Tree - From early Reydon oaks (note that even today the village is particularly well endowed with splendid oak trees) many fine boats were built which plied from local ports in days gone by. Timber for barns, cottages and plough was taken in abundance. Also the Oak Tree depicts the natural beauty within our village and echoes that old but true saying: "From little acorns mighty oaks do grow".