signs and pub names are seen daily by almost everyone, and have
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
Some such as Beetle & Wedge, are linked with
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!
Due to ongoing programme difficulties, particularly with
regard to the loading and display of pictorial images,
it is regretted that, until further notice, updating of
the site will be restricted to thumbnail images and text files only.
The lost sign feature has been temporarily discontinued.
We apologise for any disappointment this may cause. A
selection of other signs appears in its place.
of the Year Award Winner
winner of the 2014 Sign of the Year Award is:
The MILK CHURN
the second time in three years that Hall & Woodhouse
of Blandford Forum,
has won the award!
presentation of the award will take place on Thursday,
22 January 2015 at 12-noon for 12.30pm.
members are welcome to attend.
To assist catering arrangements, those wishing to attend
are requested to advise the Publicity Officer
asap, but no later than
15 January 2015.
DOG in a DOUBLET
place: RAILWAYMAN'S ARMS
or Queen Elizabeth II?
The Inn Sign Society is in the process of
compiling a unique publication to celebrate the reigns
not only of Victoria and Elizabeth, but all British
monarchs since 1066!
The appeal of our booklet is that it will feature,
whenever possible, pictures of monarchs as they have
appeared on the nation's pub signs!
Well, what else did you expect? We
are are the Inn Sign Society!
In September 2015, Queen Elizabeth
may eclipse her great- grandmother's record and become
the longest-reigning monarch!
11:30 am - 2015
Date TBA Venue: The Dog, Harvington, (nr Kidderminster)
Over 19,500 pub signs are
now listed in the archives.