A signpost with an unusual combination of destinations has been causing a stir online.

The sign in Upton Upon Severn, which points to both a play area and cholera burial ground, went viral on Twitter.

A post wrongly placing the sign in York attracted hundreds of retweets and thousands of likes.

It features a picture of the sign, which actually sits on the corner of New Street and High Street in Upton, with the caption: “Y’know? For kids? Keep it light, York…”

In reply, one person said: “I’d probably avoid the water fountains at the playground” and another joked: “Bouncy plaquepit.”

One person spotted the mistake in the original tweet, which probably came about because York does have a cholera burial ground outside the city walls following a plague of cholera in 1832 that killed 185 people.

Upton’s cholera outbreak happened in the same year and claimed the lives of more than 50 people between July and August.

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The first victims were buried in the churchyard, but as the number mounted, authorities decided a separate burial ground was needed.

A brick-built rectangle was built and sited just outside Upton, off New Street.

The cholera outbreak in Upton was one of many across the UK in 1831 and 1832.

Malvern Gazette: Upton's cholera burial groundUpton's cholera burial ground (Image: Google Maps)

It claimed more than 6,000 victims in London and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide in what came to be known as the second cholera pandemic, which lasted from 1826 to 1837.

Upton’s cholera burial ground can be accessed by a public footpath that follows the old railway embankment through Upton Recreation Ground.

The play area referred to in the sign can be found on the edge of the recreation ground, off Backfields Lane.

The signpost itself has recently been replaced.

It is one of four new posts installed by Malvern Hills District Council earlier this year as part of the authority’s Town Centre Improvement Plans.

Upton Town Council and The Tudor Museum also contributed funding.