The Inn Sign Society

Recording part of our Nation's heritage for posterity

This site was updated on
27 February 2015

Inn signs
are the nation's free ,
outdoor, public art gallery




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Inn Signs
Where's this Sign?
Signs of the Month
Pub Names
Sign of the Year Award

Diary Dates

West Midlands
Regional Meeting
11 April 2015
The Dog
Nr Kidderminster 
DY10 4LN  All welcome!

 2015 AGM        See notice right      

Diary Dates


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 for example, Sebastopol.(Minting,  Lincolnshire)  Some such as Beetle & Wedge, are linked with
local trades.


The Inn Sign Society is the acknowledged authority on inn signs and pub names all over the country.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website!


Notice to Members & Guest Browsers


The website is having a makeover which is likely to continue until May. Regular users please refresh each page on viewing to ensure you have the latest version.

If you wish to send an enquiry please contact the Membership Secretary


Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


2014 Sign of the Year Award Winner


The winner of the 2014 Sign of the Year Award is:

Melksham, Wiltshire



This is the second time in three years that
Hall & Woodhouse
of Blandford Forum,
has won the award!


The runner-up is:


In third place:
Bridgnorth, Shrops.



***To All Members ***

It's Started !!

Submit your entries for 2015 SotY  NOW

See the Criteria and Rules at:

Sign of the Year Award

*and make sure you vote later this year*




Over 19,500 pub signs are now listed in the archives.

The list is updated quarterly and may be freely
downloaded by use of this link.

The Society acknowledges the archivist's labour of love in the compilation of this superb record.


ISS Contacts

Society Aims & Contact us 


Where is this sign ?

624 of 1,129 'lost'
signs 'found' to date


Top 20 Pub Names

"Why is it called that ?"

Pub Names




Aims of the Inn Sign Society

The Society provides a national forum especially for persons interested in the variety of inn signs and researching the origin of pub names.

Don't delay - Join today!

Click here for
information about
subscriptions and
application form

Overseas members welcome!


Inn Sign   Society AGM

Notice of 

Annual General Meeting

To be held on

Saturday 27th June 2015

at the

James Figg

public house

21 Cornmarket, Thame OX9 2BL

starting at 12 noon

Members and invited guests only.

(Further Details and Lunch menu on Members Page)




Click here

to see previous  quarterly journals
(Vol.75 onwards).
Available to members only


Inn Sign Database

Click on the link above to see the latest listing (February 2015) of the Society's database of inn signs which can be downloaded FREE.

All material on this site is copyright of the Inn Sign Society and / or the declared contributor and all trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Page last updated: 27 February 2015