The Inn Sign Society

This site was updated on
12 August 2014

577 of 1,025 'lost'
signs 'found' to date



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Signs of the Month Pub Names Sign of the Year Award





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Diary Dates

West Midlands Lunch
The Dog, Harvington
(Near K'minster)

13 SEPTEMBER Committee
Grafton Arms

Sign of the Year
Closing date


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 the 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.

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.

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to our website!

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Royal Pageant Tribute

The Inn Sign Society is currently researching suitable material for the 2015 Royalty Pageant. 

This will be a tribute to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth who, in September 2015, could become the nation's longest-ever reigning monarch.

Click here to identify / confirm the identity of certain monarchs!

Updates will follow throughout the year. Details will also be published in the journal.

2014 Sign of the Year Award

2010 2011 2012 2013
Iver Heath,

Nominations for this year's award invited

Entries from non-members welcome!

Click here for entry details!

Next Regional Meetings

11:30 am - Saturday 13 Sept.
The Dog,
Harvington, (nr Kidderminster)

11.30 am - Autumn Sat. TBA
National Brewery Centre

Archives update

Over 18,600 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.

Lost Signs Appeal

More lost signs!

Despite an immediate and welcome response from two members, we urgently require your pictures of signs
with forgotten or unknown locations. 

The page has become very popular,
but needs fresh stocks if it is to remain so.

See this month's selection!


The Grapevine, a monthly e-mail bulletin, has generated a great deal of  interest and response from members. 

Please note the Grapevine is only sent to members with email addresses

If you are a current member of the ISS, but have not received any issues,
send your email address to the webmaster to be added to the e-mailing list.


Don't delay - Join today!

Click here for
information about
subscriptions and
application form

Overseas members welcome!

Aims of the Inn Sign Society

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

Lost Signs

Sometimes, we forget where we saw a particular sign. Can you identify the location of the above pub?

Click here to see the contents of the latest quarterly journal
(in addition to the regular What's Inn a Name feature)

Inn Sign Database

Click on the link above to see the latest listing (July 2013) of the Society's database of inn signs which can be downloaded FREE.

Also photographs, archived to date, are now available on CD-ROM at 5.00

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: 12 August 2014