The Inn Sign Society

This site was updated on
18 January 2015

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



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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 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.

We hope you enjoy your visit
to our website!

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Website information update

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.

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 presentation of the award will take place on Thursday, 22 January 2015 at 12-noon for 12.30pm.

All ISS 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.

The runner-up is:


In third place:
Bridgnorth, Shrops.


Who will reign supreme?*

Queen Victoria
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!


Recent Winners

2010 2011 2012 2013
Iver Heath,

Next Regional Meetings

11:30 am - 2015
Date TBA
Venue: The Dog,
Harvington, (nr Kidderminster)

Archives update

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.

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 Membership Secretary 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.

Click here to see previous  quarterly journals
(Vol.75 onwards).
All are available to
members only

Inn Sign Database

Click on the link above to see the latest listing (January 2014) 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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