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Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

13th June 2021
Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'
Welcome to the Inn Sign Society website. Find information on what the Society does, Inn signs, origins of Pub names, and how to join us.
For ONLY £15 a year, you receive 4 quarterly 32 page full colour illustrated Journals packed with articles on all types of inn and pub signs.
Click on 'Journals' page link above - Latest edition No.127 out now!

Members can access our Archives, plus feature pages;
‘Signs of the Month’, 'Sign of the Year’ award, & 'Lost Signs'.
Enjoy your visit & you may wish to be a member; Don't delay, join today!
SEE BELOW and click on 'Members & Join Us' link above!!
Shown is the Jenny Wren, Calne, Wiltshire (on front page of the latest ISS Journal)


Sign of the Year 2021 VOTING OPEN

11th June 2021
Sign of the Year 2021 VOTING OPEN
The final 10 signs have now been selected by the Committee and are now shown in the latest ISS Journal Vol.127, and in our website Members' Area. ***Click on an image to enlarge it and click browser back button to return.***

Send your votes to the Publicity Officer by email at: or by post to: Peter Gorman at the address on P.2. of your Journal.

See 'Entries & Voting' under Sign of the Year in the Members' Area for how to vote and points awarded. The final votes must be in by 10th July 2021.
First votes are in, but slow. PLEASE USE YOUR VOTES and make this a worthwhile competition.

Signs of the Month

12th June 2021
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for June are a selection of various Signs.
Shown is The Crofters Arms, Wigan, Greater Manchester

*Members* - We will be very pleased to receive more of your contributions to Signs of the Month. **See Members' area news for details of free file transfer up to 2GB with - 'Smash' - online file transfer app **

If you have your own favourite collection of up to 24 sign photos, just use the contact email link on SOTM page to arrange for them to be displayed for all to enjoy. Show off those new or unusual signs to the other members!!
Please send your Signs of the Month to the Webmaster, Peter Gorman.

Our thanks go to Martin Norman who has managed this feature for the last
5 years and produced many splendid pages of signs for us to view.

Wesbsite Management - Can you help?

12th June 2021
Wesbsite Management - Can you help?
We are still looking for members to help the Website Team with the management of two website feature pages.
If any member is interested in assisting the Webmaster, especially in the role of Page Manager for Lost Signs and now Signs of the Month,
please contact the Webmaster or Assistant Webmaster:
*use WM & AWM email links in our Member' Area news.*

There is now a vacancy for 'Signs of the Month' page manager
as Martin Norman has had to give up doing this after over five years to pursue other Society business. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Martin for all his hard work producing this page.

If you have an interest in taking on this page, please contact the Webmaster.
Your help would be very much appreciated if you have reasonable computer skills, and training will be given regarding our management access.

Raising a Glass....

4th June 2021
Raising a Glass....
Paul Hathaway has found another site relating to signs which he feels will be of interest to members.

This is an article I did for BBC Arts in 2015.

Pictured is the Jollie Postie which features in the article.


3rd April 2021
Unfortunately due to the continued national restrictions, the 2021 AGM of the Society fixed for Saturday 26th June 2021, at the White Swan Hotel, Stratford - upon - Avon has had to be cancelled.

If any member has any concern about the conduct of the Society business, they can contact the Secretary, Tom King.

The White Swan Hotel in Stratford - upon - Avon has been re-booked for the 2022 AGM on 25th June 2022.

Photo of 1978 sign for The White Swan (ISS Archives)

BBC Radio

2nd June 2021
BBC Radio
Member Paul Hathaway has sent the following link for BBC Radio on pub signs. It's an interesting programme and well worth a listen to

Photo Goat & Tricycle, Bournemouth is used to illustrate the entry.

ISS Archives - **New PDF Download**

12th June 2021
ISS Archives - **New PDF Download**
The ISS Archivist Derek McDonald will be pleased to receive from members any contributions to the archives.
*See Members' area news for details of free file transfer up to 2GB with 'Smash' - file transfer app*

Members requiring pictures need to quote pub, location and date, and Derek will be happy to send them to you.

**** Latest Archive PDF download (June 2021)
with over 54,000 entries is now available for members
in the History & Archives page of the Members' Area. ****

Sign of Appreciation

26th January 2021
Sign of Appreciation
The Society has introduced its "Sign of Appreciation" award. The aim is to encourage the continuing production of pictoral Inn Signs by giving a token of recognition to anyone (Brewery / Pub Co / Artist or other person) who has contributed to this objective.

The award is an A4 certificate suitable for framing. Any ISS member may propose a recipient providing details and reasons for the nomination.
These can be sent to David Cole or any other member of the Committee.
Awards of the certificate will be listed here and in the Journal.

The second award of Sign of Appreciation was made on the 31st January 2020 to Dave Moss of the Three Fishes, Shrewsbury, for organising the restoration of the the pubs' classic pictorial sign shown here which is recognised as a local landmark.
There are a further two nominations which have been accepted, Marston's Brewery and Shepherd Neame.

Next Meeting
T.B.A. (West Mids)
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
Meetings cancelled TFN
Signs of the Month
Drum & Monkey
Croydon, Surrey
Lost Signs

Sir Isaac Newton


Boat & Railway
Stoke Prior, Worcestershire

Swordfish Inn
Newlyn, Cornwall

Chiswick, London

Lass o'Richmond Hill
Richmond, Surrey (2018)

Stowmarket, Suffolk

Grey Horse
Musselburgh, Lothian

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Travellers Joy (2019)
Rayleigh, Essex

Cherry Tree
Newcastle - under - Lyme

Dog & Gun
Apperley Bridge, WYorks

Halfway Inn
Aylesbeare, Devon

New Bowling Green
Warwick, Warwickshire

Cricketers Arms Selby
North Yorkshire

Picketty Witch
Yeovil, Somerset

Smugglers Tavern
Fitzrovia, London

Coach & Horses,
Whitstable, Kent.

Holly Blue

Cricketers Arms
Danbury, Essex

Market Inn
Sandwich, Kent

Sneachill, Worcs.

The Grandstand

Jolly Postie
Royston, Hertfordshire

Barley Mow
Epsom, Surrey

Jenny Wren
Calne, Wiltshire

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