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Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

1st October 2022
Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'
Welcome to the Inn Sign Society website. Find information on what the Society does, Inn signs, origins of Pub names, and how to join us.

For ONLY £15 a year, you receive 4 quarterly 32 page full colour illustrated Journals packed with articles on all types of inn and pub signs.
**Latest edition No.132 out now!** >> Click on 'Journals' page link above.

Members can access our Archives, plus feature pages;
‘Signs of the Month’, 'Sign of the Year’ award, & 'Lost Signs'.
Enjoy your visit & you may wish to be a member; Don't delay, join today!
SEE BELOW and click on 'Members & Join Us' link above!!

Shown- The Axe & Compasses, Arkesden , Essex (Peter Crosby 2009)

Pub Sign of the Year 2022 - RESULT

2nd October 2022
Pub Sign of the Year 2022 - RESULT
1st - The Boot, Histon Cambridge submitted by Peter Crosby

2nd - Bush, Blackbrid & Thrush submitted by Roger Pester

3rd - The Norton, submitted by Terry Bull.

Congratulations and thanks to all those who took part in submitting signs and voting.

Pictured is The Boot, Histon, Cambridge.


1st October 2022
On the 8th September 2022, the Nation was shocked to learn of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II after a 70 year reign. Prince Charles has succeeded her as Charles III.

This months SOTM therefore features signs relative to Her, including the former two King Charles's, Castles, The Duke of Edinburgh and many others. These were supplied by Roger Pester and myself.

Pictured is the Balmoral Castle, residence of the Royal Family in Scotland. It is here that She passed away.

Society Journal Binders - SALE

1st October 2022
Society Journal Binders - SALE

For a limited period, the Inn Sign Society Binders, titled "At The Sign Of", will be available to all members for a SALE price of £4.50 each (including postage). (Normal price £7.50)

Keep your Journals in pristine condition to enjoy and research anytime from your bookshelf. Each binder has a 14 journal maximum capacity, so if your journals are just lying in a box, give them pride of place!
**Bulk orders attract low postage cost, so, order now and grab a bargain.**

Contact: Phil Blabey: for orders and further info, and how to pay for your binders.

If you would like previous journal issues to add to your collection, please contact the Journal Editor, David Roe.


1st October 2022
This is a feature page in the Members' Area where you will be able once again to help identify 'Lost Signs' i.e. those un-named slides from scanned collections.
If any of you 'sign detectives' know the proper name, location and/or date of any sign, just email the page manager. There are some very good ones that need a place in the Archives!

** Non-member public visitors are now able to view a Lost Signs page to help the Society in our search. **Click on LS photo link on right** .........
where you can see MORE SIGNS, updates and comments.

Shown- Old Well, The Bank, Barnard Castle, Co Durham
('Found' by Phil B)

PUB QUIZ SNAP Playing Cards

1st October 2022
PUB QUIZ SNAP Playing Cards
Earlier this year, The Society was asked to provide pub sign images for a pending Pub Game. Thanks to the Committee we were able to supply the required signs at short notice.

This game was released on 1st September 2022 and is available to members at a discount for 4 months only from 1st September 2022 to 31st December 2022. Contact or phone 01235 759555 quoting ISBN 9780753735176 / Pub Quiz Snap Playing cards Discount Code ISSAutumn2022 and giving your delivery address.

The discounted cost to members is RRP £6 + UK Postage £3.10 (£9.10)

The publisher has agreed to a two month extension on the special offer to members in order for us to get the notice in the next Journal.


1st October 2022
Brian Curtis now looks after the Archives.
Email Martin Norman (email address in Journal) with your contributions to the Archives and these will be forwarded to Brian.

Latest New Archive PDF download (July 2022) with over 30,000 entries now available to members in the Members' Area "History & Archives" page.

Shown - Miners Arms, Mithian, St Agnes, Cornwall
('Found' by Phil B)

Sign of Appreciation

31st July 2022
Sign of Appreciation
A reminder to members that the Society has the "Sign of Appreciation" award. The aim is to encourage the continuing production of pictoral Inn Signs by giving a token of recognition to anyone (Brewery / Pub Co / Artist or other person) who has contributed to this objective.

The award is an A4 certificate suitable for framing. Any ISS member may propose a recipient providing details and reasons for the nomination.
These can be sent to David Cole or any other member of the Committee.
Awards of the certificate will be listed here and in the Journal.

On 9th of June 2022, member Maurice Bobbitt presented Sign of Appreciation certificates to Steve, Landlord of The Cock in Dereham, Norfolk, and to artist Doreen Aitken. Pictured is l to r Doreen, Maurice and Steve.

Next Meeting
at the Mare & Colt, Summerfield,
A449 near Kidderminster
Worcestershire DY11 7RF
Signs of the Month
Royal Sovereign
Lost Signs
Ram (Phil B)
Youngs Brewery Tap, SW18

Sir Isaac Newton


Boat & Railway
Stoke Prior, Worcestershire

Swordfish Inn
Newlyn, Cornwall

Chiswick, London

Lass o'Richmond Hill
Richmond, Surrey (2018)

Stowmarket, Suffolk

Grey Horse
Musselburgh, Lothian

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Travellers Joy (2019)
Rayleigh, Essex

Cherry Tree
Newcastle - under - Lyme

Dog & Gun
Apperley Bridge, WYorks

Halfway Inn
Aylesbeare, Devon

New Bowling Green
Warwick, Warwickshire

Cricketers Arms Selby
North Yorkshire

Picketty Witch
Yeovil, Somerset

Smugglers Tavern
Fitzrovia, London

Coach & Horses,
Whitstable, Kent.


Jolly Postie (2020-21)
Royston, Hertfordshire

Barley Mow
Epsom, Surrey

Jenny Wren
Calne, Wiltshire

Sherwood, Nottingham

Blue Anchor
Chancery Lane, London

Ship Inn
March, Cambs

First in Last Out
Old Town, Hastings

Westminster, SW1

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