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Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

15th January 2022
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.129 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 Stone Cross, Walsall Rd, West Bromwich ('Found' lost sign)

PSOTY 2021 Presentation FINAL CALL

17th January 2022
PSOTY  2021 Presentation FINAL CALL
The presentation for Pub Sign of the Year will be held at the Jolly Postie, 2 Baldock Street, Royston, Herts SG8 5AY on Friday 21st January 2022. The pub is about a kilometre from the Railway Station.

Members wishing to attend need to advise Peter Gorman, Publicity Officer and SOTY manager. There has been little response from members and the presentation is in just 5 days.


17th January 2022
PSOTY 2022 is now launched and members can submit their entries by e-mail to: or post to 69 Gordon Close, Staines 0n Thames TW18 1AP.

Members can submit up to three photos giving their location and date taken. The sign needs to be from an operating pub, in good condition with no overhanging leaves, lights etc.

Closing date for entries is 15th April 2022.
Closing date for the Committee's final 10 selection will be 29th April.

The final 10 will appear in the Journal and website in May and voting will close at the AGM on 25th June 2022.

Three entries have been received so far. Time to get out there and get a cracking sign.

Signs of the Month

1st January 2022
Signs of the Month
This months selection is again from the collection of Peter Gorman and are signs beginning with the Letter F, featuring Falcons, Fish and Foxes.

Pictured is The Fish Inn, Ringwood whilst it was a Wadworth pub. It would be interesting to see if Butcombe's have a new sign.

LOST SIGNS - **More signs added**

15th January 2022
LOST SIGNS - **More signs added**
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-member public visitors are now able to view a Lost Signs page to help the Society in our search. **Click on LS photo link on right** .........
where you can see updates and comments.
Shown - the Dispensary, Aldgate, London N1 ('Found' by Peter Crosby)

*** 6 fresh lost signs now ready to be 'found' by you!! ***

ISS Archives

15th January 2022
ISS Archives
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 email and 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 now available to members in the Members' Area 'History & Archives page'.***

Shown - the Bird in Hand, Earls Colne, Essex ('Found' by Jon Wainwright)

Sign of Appreciation

1st January 2022
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 pub's 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. We are currently looking at suitable dates for the presentations

A.G.M. 2022 Booking Confirmed

10th January 2022
A.G.M. 2022 Booking  Confirmed
The White Swan Hotel in Stratford - upon - Avon has been re-booked for the 2022 AGM on 25th June 2022. Society Secretary Tom has today confirmed the booking

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

Next Meeting
T.B.A. (West Mids)
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs. DY11 7RF
12 noon - All Members Welcome
Signs of the Month
Fishermans Cottage
Fullers Brewery Shop
Lost Signs
Stumble Inn

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.


Jolly Postie (2020-21)
Royston, Hertfordshire

Barley Mow
Epsom, Surrey

Jenny Wren
Calne, Wiltshire

Bulls Head
Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire

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