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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs

Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

17th August 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.
**Latest edition No.132 out now!** >> Click on 'Journals' page link 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 be a member; Don't delay, join today!
SEE BELOW and click on 'Members & Join Us' link above!!

Shown- Barge Inn, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire (Martin Norman 2007)

Meeting of the West Midlands Group

9th August 2022
Meeting of the West Midlands Group
We are pleased to announce that there will be a Meeting of the West Midlands Group on Thursday 1st September at The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449 near Kidderminster, Worcs. DY11 7RF
Commencing at 12 noon - Members are Welcome to join us for lunch and a chat. See the online Menu at the pub as we have to pre-order for the group.
Please contact Iain Perks (MemSec) with your lunch menu choices if attending, and before the 24th August.
*(See Members' area news for details and link to menu)*

Shown - The Bell, Crosshouses, Salop (2002-'Found' Lost Sign - Iain Perks)


10th August 2022
Voting is now open for the final 10 signs as chosen by the Committee.

Members can choose their favourite three signs shown on the Web page from 1st to 3rd.
** You can now view the 10 finalists in your latest Autumn Journal Vol.132 **

e-mail entries to Peter Gorman at or post to 69 Gordon Close, Staines TW18 1AP. Voting will close on 30th September 2022.
Votes are coming in, lets make this a memorable PSOTY.

Pictured is Golden Bowler, Stubbington, Hampshire.

A.G.M. 2022

9th July 2022
A.G.M. 2022
AGM was held on 25th June 2022 at The White Swan Hotel in Stratford - upon - Avon.

The Committee as stands was re - elected and David Cole was voted as your new Chairman.

A copy of the minutes has now been circulated, which you will find in your new Autumn Journal Vol.132 arriving this week.

Signs of the Month

1st August 2022
Signs of the Month
Signs beginning with the letter "N" this month again from the collection of Peter Gorman.

Any member is welcome to contribute to this monthly display. Please contact Peter Gorman for details.

Sign shown is The Neptune in Hove, Sussex.

LOST SIGNS - 8 more for August

1st August 2022
LOST SIGNS - 8 more for August
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- Parrot & Punchbowl, Aldringham, Norfolk ('Found' by Peter Crosby)


31st July 2022
Earlier this year, The Society was asked to provide pub sign images for a pending Pub Game. Thanks to the Committee we were able to supply the required signs at short notice.

This game is due for release on 1st September 2022 and is available to members at a discount for 2 months only from 1st September 2022 to 31st October 2022. Contact or phone 01235 759555 quoting ISBN 9780753735176 / Pub Quiz Snap Playing cards Discount Code ISSAutumn2022 and giving your delivery address.

The discounted cost to members is RRP £6 + UK Postage £3.10 (£9.10)


31st July 2022
Brian Curtis now looks after the Archives.
Email Martin Norman (email address in Journal) with your contributions to the Archives and these will be forwarded to Brian.

Latest New Archive PDF download (July 2022) with over 30,000 entries now available to members in the Members' Area "History & Archives" page.

Image - Queens Larder, Queens Square, London, WC1
('Found' by Roger Pester)

Sign of Appreciation

31st July 2022
Sign of Appreciation
A reminder to members that the Society has the "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.

On 9th of June 2022, member Maurice Bobbitt presented Sign of Appreciation certificates to Steve, Landlord of The Cock in Dereham, Norfolk, and to artist Doreen Aitken. Pictured is l to r Doreen, Maurice and Steve.

Next Meeting
Thursday 1st September
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs. DY11 7RF
12 noon - All Members Welcome
Signs of the Month
Nags Head
Islington, London
Lost Signs
Sugar Loaf

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

Blue Anchor
Chancery Lane, London

Ship Inn
March, Cambs

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