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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs
Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'
18th August 2019
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 Vol.119 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 'Join Us'!!

The sign shown is the new sign for The Honeycombe in Hounslow, recently refurbished and now Greene King with a Hungry Horse menu. Pub was originally the George IV where in 1846 and inquest was held into the death by flogging of a Cavalryman, Pvt F. White. This led to the restriction and subsequent abolition of flogging.

Society Subscriptions due 1st Sept
18th August 2019
Society Subscriptions due 1st Sept
***** MEMBERS *****
Subscriptions are due on 1st September, and still only £15 p.a.;
Please ensure that you have paid as soon as possible for 2019-20 when you receive your Journal.

If you have not paid by 31st December, your membership will cease and no further Journals will be sent.

Send cheques to the Treasurer & Membership Secretary, Roger Pester - address on P2 of your Journal - or use online bacs payment - details in the members' area news page.

Pub Sign of the Year
18th August 2019
Pub Sign of the Year
The Committee has selected the final 10 signs for members to vote on. These will be published in the Journal and on the web at the end of August with instructions on voting procedure. Meanwhile, all entries will remain on the website.

30 entries in total. A good selection with dominance from Greene King / Hungry Horse. See Members' area SOTY page for signs and details how to vote in due course.
Remember to click on to the sign on the SOTY page for a larger picture to peruse. (*Use the back button / arrow to return to SOTY page)

Sign shown is the Tennis Court, Perry Barr, Birmingham.

Signs of the Month
15th August 2019
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for August are a selection of Various Signs.
Shown is the Ramblers Rest, Chislehurst, Kent.

*Members* - Martin Norman 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 'We Transfer'**

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 the new or unusual signs you saw to the other members!!

What's INN a name? (1)
14th July 2019
What's INN a name? (1)
The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham.

In 1907 Billy Williams spent £5500 of the fledgling Rugby Football Union's cash to buy a ten and quarter acre market garden in Twickenham that was used to grow cabbages. The first stands of the stadium were built a year later.

In 1910 the first England v Wales International was played there.

Along came the Great War during which time the place was used to graze sheep, horses and cattle. Two years after the War, rugby was back on the agenda for players and fans and the stadium now hosts rugby and various events.

Lost Signs
15th Aug 2019
Lost Signs
Let's see if we can find even more of those 'Lost Signs' this Year!
This is a feature page in the Members' Area where you 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!

** Non-members are now able to view a Lost Signs page to help the Society in our search. *See link on right with LS photo, click on either **

Thanks to all contributors!

See Members' area news.

What's INN a name? (2)
14th July 2019
What's INN a name? (2)
The William Webb Ellis, Twickenham.

Keeping in Twickenham, this Wetherspoon pub is named after the alleged inventor of Rugby Football whilst a pupil at Rugby School. Legend has it that he picked up the ball and ran during a a school football match in 1823.

The story has become entrenched in sport's folklore, but is not supported by substantive evidence and most rugby historians discount it as an origin myth.

ISS Archives
15th August 2019
ISS Archives
The ISS Archivist Derek McDonald will be pleased to receive from members any contributions to the archives.
Please see the Members' area news where you can also download the latest Archive files, compiled from 2017, in .pdf format.
A copy of the previous Archives list is available for all to download in pdf from the Society & Contacts page.
Members requiring pictures need to quote pub, location and date, and Derek will be happy to send them to you.

If you require the 2 Archive CDs - 1936 to April 2017 - these are still available for £12 from Brian Curtis, previous Archivist. See Members' area.

Other News (details-Members' Area)
18th August 2019
Other News (details-Members' Area)
We now have a fresh stock of Journal Binders @ £7-50. See ISS shop for order details.

New PDF database now on website with 25,000 entries

The revised Society's Constitution, having been circulated, was adopted, with minor amendments, unanimously by members at the AGM on the 22nd June. The final revised version will be circulated to the Committee and will be available from the Secretary for any members who require a copy.

Pub Sign, The Constitution, Pimlico, London. Peter Gorman March 2013.

Next Meeting
Thursday 19th Sept 2019 @ 12noon
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
with Inn Sign Slide Presentation
Signs of the Month
Merry Boys
Saint Neots, Cambridgeshire
Lost Signs
Lost Signs Page Manager
....................... Volunteer Req'd

Moon and Sixpence
Hanwell. Oxfordshire

Railway Hotel
Haydon Bridge, Northhumberland

Crosby, I.O.M.

Derby Tavern
Portsmouth. Hampshire

New Inn
Armley,West Yorkshire

Smithy Inn
Holme, Cumbria

Sir Isaac Newton


Lion Tavern
Moorfields, Liverpool

Seven Stars
Belper, Derbys

Wollaston, West Mids

Horseshoe Inn

Saracens Head

Live & Let Live
Bringsty Common

Pilot Cutter
Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Old Locomotive

Tom Foolery

Fox & Hounds
Ardley, Oxfordshire

Smoking Dog
Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Boat & Railway
Stoke Prior, Worcestershire

Skirrid Inn
Llanvihangel, Powys

Swordfish Inn
Newlyn, Cornwall

Toll House
Bridport, Dorset

Chiswick, London

Stowmarket, Suffolk

Whitby, E Yorks

Green Mantle
Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Grey Horse
Musselburgh, Lothian

Greyfriars Bobby
Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Stockton, Durham

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Ripon, North Yorkshire

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Tommy Wallocks
Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Chequers Inn
Stapleford, Nottinghamshire

Chequers Inn
Witney, Oxfordshire

Old Chequers Inn
Crowle, Worcestershire

Old Bell
Wooburn Green, Bucks

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