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Sunday 9 September 2007 11.15am
Does anyone know what is happening with the sign at the entrance to Potters Fields on Tooley Street?

When it first went up in Feb all the letters were painted white (see now the s on the end has been painted blue (

Any ideas on what the deal is?
Sunday 9 September 2007 11.58am
I made some enquiries when the blue paint appeared a few months ago and was told that it was guerrilla action by someone who believes that the plural is incorrect.

It will be repainted white at some point but it's not a priority for the park trust!

House style on this website is Potters Fields (fields in the plural, no apostrophe on Potters).

Although the current Southwark street sign next to St Olave's School says Potters Field I think the previous sign had an S on the end, and many old maps and documents going back more than 100 years refer to the street name as Potters Fields - see this 1862 map for example.
(a corresponding search for the singular returns just one result)

I have been meaning to ask at the Local History Library for an opinion on the 'proper' name.

Meanwhile the council seems to use every conceivable variation on the spelling in its documents and planning reports - often multiple versions in the same document...

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Sunday 9 September 2007 4.39pm
Looking at those pictures, I've just realised for the first time that some designer was highly paid to decide that Potters should be in a heavier "weight" of lettering than Fields!


Yet the same design team allowed the shoddy bricklaying and pointing of the adjacent wall.
Sunday 9 September 2007 6.52pm
Found a map on this fascinating page of the wards of St Olave, St Mary Magdelen and Bermondsey dating from circa 1750 which definitely says Fields rather than Field!

Contemporary maps such as Collins Bartholomew, the A-Z, and both Google and Microsoft maps list it as Potters Fields - which I guess is enough consensus?
Monday 1 October 2007 12.28pm
it was mr pott's field first!
get to the local lirary and check it out ...
Friday 13 June 2008 2.34pm
I noticed today that Southwark has changed the street sign for Potters Fields back to the plural version.

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