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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs

Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

1st March 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.126 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 Three Tuns, Sutton Coldfield (1970s-80s)


18th February 2021
Unfortunately due to the continued Pandemic 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 at

Signs of the Month

1st March 2021
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for March are a selection of Coat of Arms.
Shown is The Ewood Arms, Blackburn, Lancashire.

*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 'Smash - 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 those new or unusual signs to the other members!!

PSOTY - 2021 (2020 CARRY OVER)

24th February 2021
PSOTY  -  2021 (2020 CARRY OVER)
We have just over 6 weeks to go before closing date for Pub Sign of the Year entries on 15th April.

Members are urged to submit entries for 2021 prior to the date.

The final 10 signs will be selected by the Committee and will be included in the Journal at the end of May 2021.The final votes by members must be in by 10th July 2021.

A further three new signs submitted - Barley Mow in Epsom, Surrey, Elephant in Faversham, Kent and Jolly Postie in Royston, Herefordshire. Pictured is the Nightingale in Sneachill, Worcs.

What's INN a name ? One

7th February 2021
What's INN a name ? One
The Bounty Inn Basingstoke, Hampshire. Built in 1831 for the drovers and dealers of Fairfield Market (It was once called Cattle Market Inn)

The sign is a portrait of John May, a great benefactor of Basingstoke. He was Mayor of the town six times and had inherited the John May & Co. Brewery.

He gave the bells for the nearby All Saints Church and the Bandstand in War Memorial Park.

He was also a keen cricketer and the area he owned called The Folly became cricket ground now known as May's Bounty. Photo Peter Gorman

‘Lest We Forget’ - Lost Pubs e-Book

1st February 2021- Version 4.0
‘Lest We Forget’ - Lost Pubs e-Book
One of our members is writing a new book entitled ‘Lest We Forget’ - A superb account of many UK 'lost pubs'. It covers pubs that are no longer with us – their brief history and an explanation for the name.
This will not be a physical book but will take the form of a digital e-Book.
***There will be ongoing updates, so check the version below.***

The author now wishes to make it freely available via the Members’ Area pages of the Web Site. There is also a link to a free Adobe E-Reader computer app.

Members! Go to your Members' area now and check out the downloads! ***Version 4.0 now available***
OVER 200 lost pubs detailed in this latest update!!

What's INN a name? Two

24th February 2021
What's INN a name? Two
The Wheeltappers, Rugby, Warwickshire. A trade mainly associated with the Steam Era on the railways. They were employees who checked the wheels and axle boxes. They used long handled hammers to "tap" the wheel and if it was cracked, the sound differed from an intact wheel. They used the back of their hands to check axle boxes were not overheated.

They are still used in some Eastern European countries.

Photo Peter Gorman 2012.

ISS Archives

1st March 2021
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 - We Transfer'**

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

** Please Note ** - Latest Archive PDF download (May 2020) is now again 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.

ISS Members - Can you help us?

26th January 2021
ISS Members - Can you help us?
We need members to help out with the management of the website.

If anyone is interested in assisting the Webmaster, and especially in the role of Page Manager for Lost Signs (see above), please contact the Publicity Officer / Webmaster or any other member of the Committee.

There will also be a vacancy for 'Signs of the Month' page manager before June 2021, so if you have an interest in that, 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.

Next Meeting
T.B.A. (West Mids)
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
Meetings cancelled TFN
Signs of the Month
Elletson Arms
Stakepool, Lancashire
Lost Signs
Lost Signs Page Manager
....................... Volunteer Req'd

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.

Kings Arms
Bagshot, Surrey.

Strathern, London.

United Brethren



Holly Blue

Steam Wagon

Cricketers Arms
Danbury, Essex

The Grange
Boreham, Essex

Top Railway
Shepshed, Leics.

The Fox Inn
Elworth, Cheshire.

Market Inn
Sandwich, Kent

Butchers Arms
Sheepscombe. Glos.

Sneachill, Worcs.

The Grandstand

The Barley Mow,
Epsom, Surrey

Faversham, Kent

Jolly Postie
Royston, Hertfordshire

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