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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs
Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'
22nd February 2017
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, plus a look by county at "What's INN a name?" Click on 'Journals' page above.

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 become a member.
Don't delay, join today! More photos on Facebook page @InnSignSoc

Tom Cobley Tavern, Spreyton, Devon
13th February 2017
Tom Cobley Tavern, Spreyton, Devon
A tale of a sign from member Robert Hesketh (
The award winning Tom Cobley Tavern is the place from which the heroes of Widecombe Fair set forth in September 1802; Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Davy, Peter Gurney, Dan’l Widdon, Harry Hawke and Uncle Tom are shown on one of the inn’s two pictorial signs, along with Tom Pearce’s Old Grey Mare.
The other sign depicts Uncle Tom suitably dressed for the fair in top hat and tie, smoking his pipe. Both were painted by Inn Sign artist Jim Dean of Denbury.
Thomas Cobley was buried in Spreyton churchyard in 1844, aged 82. Contemporary newspaper reports from the Western Times, Sherborne Mercury and Exeter Flying Post make clear this Devon farmer was a local celebrity, renowned as a huntsman and affectionately called “Uncle Tom”.

Robert's new Dartmoor Pub Walks book is now available via his website;

Signs of the Month
16th February 2017
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for February is signs relating to Football.

*Members* - Martin Norman will be very pleased to receive more of your contributions to Signs of the Month.

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.

Lost Signs
16th February 2017
Lost Signs
Let's see if we can find even more of those 'Lost Signs' this Year!
On this feature page in the Members' Area, ISS members will be able once again to help identify 'Lost Signs' i.e. those un-named slides from scanned collections.

If any of you 'sign detectives' know the proper name, location and/or date of any sign, just email the page manager. There are some very good ones that need a place in the Archives!

More located this week, thanks to all contributors!
Also posted on ISS Facebook Lost Signs page @LostInnSigns

2017 Sign of the Year Entries
22nd February 2017
2017 Sign of the Year Entries
Calling all Members! More good quality photo entries for the 2017 Sign of the Year Award are now needed. Dust off that camera now and take it with you on your travels.

Shown here: the Geese & Fountain, Croxton Kerrial, Leics.
See members' SOTY page for the entries and more details!

All members can participate. Have you already snapped next year's winner? We would like to see it.

Entries for SOTY can be submitted up to the end of May, with the result announced at the 2017 AGM in June.

ISS Area Representatives
21st January 2017
ISS Area Representatives
Only ONE Area Representative is missing!- for 'Home Counties' - combining Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.
If you live in one of those counties, could you be the Area Rep?
Please contact the Secretary if you wish to know more about what is involved.

Next Meeting
Saturday 8th April 2017
11am @ The Mare & Colt
Worcester Road, Summerfield,
Worcs DY11 7RF
Signs of the Month
Dixie Deans Double Bar
Liverpool, Merseyside
Lost Signs
Eagle & Serpent Greenalls

Witney Oxon

Boat Inn
Melton Mowbray, Leics

Royal Scot
Carlisle, Cumbria

Lighter Inn
Topsham, Devon

Pear Tree Inn
Hook Norton, Oxon

Brewery Tap
Brentford, Middx

Barley Mow
Basford, Notts

Plough & Harrow
Stourbridge, West Mids

Station Hotel 2005
Caton, Lancashire

Tithe Barn 2005
Cockermouth, Cumbria

Coach & Horses
Bishops Stortford, Herts

Robin Hood
Jarrow, Tyne & Wear

Green Dragon
Walsall, W.Mids 1981

Nine Locks & Ch/Maker
Quarry Bank, WMids

Two Boats
Long Itchington

Bath, Somerset

Dog & Doublet

Jamaica Inn
Bolventor, Cornwall

Moon and Sixpence
Hanwell. Oxfordshire

Bridlington, E.Yorks

Rowlands Castle, Hants

Peat Spade
Longstock, Hants P Leary

Justin Lees Inn
Dalkeith, Midlothian

Railway Hotel
Haydon Bridge, Northhumberland

Crosby, I.O.M.

Onchan, I.O.M.

Station Master
Warmley, Gloucs

Druids Arms
Portsmouth, Hants

Caveman Tavern
Cheddar, Somerset

Morris Dancer
Kelsall, Cheshire

Derby Tavern
Portsmouth. Hampshire

Noahs Ark

Saracens Head
Bath, Somerset

New Inn
Armley,West Yorkshire

Romping Cat

Knockerdown, Derbys

Cross & Bowling Green
Gorcott Hill, Worcs P Hathaway


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