The Inn Sign Society

Recording part of our Nation's heritage for posterity

This site was updated on
14 April 2015
Inn signs
are the nation's free ,
outdoor, public art gallery


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Inns and their signs

Inn signs and pub names are seen daily by almost everyone, and have immense interest.

How were the names derived? What are their stories? Who were the people the signs portray?
What do these sometimes odd names mean?

Some, such as Salutation or Seven Stars, record the early origins of inns as hostels for pilgrims.

Some recall battles, maybe half or long-forgotten today e.g. Sebastopol
Minting, Lincolnshire Some such as Beetle & Wedge, are linked with
local trades.


Welcome 'INN' to our world of signs
We are having a makeover at present and a page refresh each visit will help

** New pub sign in Somerset **

A pub sign commemorating the work of fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett,
Photo Here

Sign of the Year Award

Submit your entries for 2015 S o t Y  NOW !

See the Rules at:  Sign of the Year Award


** SALE on Now !! at the ISS SHOP **
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2015 Diary Dates

*2015 AGM*    See notice right

ISS Journal

Spring issue Vol.102 out NOW !
Back issues available;   see Journal

Top 20 Pub Names

"Why is it called that ?"
Pub Names

Signs of the Month

  New set of signs here:   "They come Inn Threes"
Signs of the Month


See the latest listing (February 2015) of the Society's database of inn signs.
FREE download:    Inn Sign Database

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Notice of Annual General Meeting 
Saturday 27th
June 2015
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(Further Details & Lunch menu on Members' Page)
The Inn Sign Society is the acknowledged authority on inn signs and pub names all over the country.
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