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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs
Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'
15th December 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.
Latest edition Vol.113 out now!

Members can access our Archives, plus feature pages;
‘Signs of the Month’,'Sign of the Year’ award, & 'Lost Signs'.
Shown is the Plum Pudding, Armitage, Staffs from 1970's
Enjoy your visit & you may wish to be a member; Don't delay, join today!

More Inn Sign photos on Facebook page @InnSignSoc

Society Subscriptions due 1st Sept
15th Decenber 2017
Society Subscriptions due 1st Sept
Some members may not have received a Subscription and Membership update form with their last ISS Journal.
Subscriptions are due on 1st September each year (£15); Please check to see you have paid for 2017-8

If you have not paid, by 31st December, your membership will cease, SO .... beat Santa's 'Reindeer' (Southwell, Notts 1992) and please send a cheque asap 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.

A prolific 20th Century sign artist
15thDecember 2017
A prolific 20th Century sign artist
A treat for you from the archives: a short film about George Biles, who painted Palmers Brewery's distinctive pub signs for most of the 20th century.

It was put it out to celebrate Dorset Art Weeks in 2014, and outside of many, many pubs you can still see George's work and the style he established.
Pic is George at work from the video on ISS Facebook page:

What's INN a name? from ISS Journal
15th December 2017
What's INN a name? from ISS Journal
The latest Society Journal Vol.113 contains a number of articles on subjects such as Eating Out and 'Quirky Signs'.
The regular feature in each Journal is: 'What's INN a name?';
the story of pub signs to be found in each county.

Here is the Duke of Buckingham in Portsmouth. (Photo by Peter Corris 2015)
The sign is a portrait by Paul van Somer before 1622 of George Villiers, the 1st Duke of Buckingham. In 1628 he was Lord High Admiral when he was murdered by Lt John Felton in a Portsmouth pub, Ye Spotted Dogge.
Felton thought (correctly) that the Duke's handling of war efforts resulted in the loss of many English lives. The Duke was royal favourite and statesman who virtually ruled England in the last years of James I and first years of the reign of Charles I. He was extremely unpopular, and the failure of his erratic, aggressive foreign policy increased tensions that eventually exploded in the Civil War between royalists and parliamentarians.

Signs of the Month
15th December 2017
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for December is a selection of Signs showing Birds.

*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!!

Sign of the Year
15th December 2017
Sign of the Year
The SOTY Award is administered by the Publicity Officer Peter Gorman who will be pleased to receive your 'Sign of the Year' entries for 2018.

Only 11 entries so far, and you have until May 2018 to submit them.
See the SOTY page in the Members' area for all details regarding the scope of the award and conditions of entry.

Here is one of the latest, photographed by Roger Pester;
the Coach & Horses, 5 Hill Street, London, W1 (Nov 2017)

Lost Signs
15th December 2017
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! Also posted: @LostInnSigns

ISS Archives
15th December 2017
ISS Archives
Derek McDonald, our vice-Chairman is now our ISS Archivist.

Derek will be pleased to receive from members any contrubutions to the archives. Please see the Members' area news.
Also in the Members' area news you can download the new Archive files compiled from 2017, in .pdf format.
A copy of the previous Archives list is available for download in pdf from the Society & Contacts page. Members requiring pictures need to quote pub, location and date, I 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 below.

ISS Archive DVDs - 1936-2017
15th December 2017
ISS Archive DVDs - 1936-2017
Our former Archivist Brian Curtis completed his last edition of Archive DVDs this year containing over 35,000 signs available in our Archives.
Due to the large volume of the PDFs which depict these Archives he has programmed two disks;
One for archives from 1936 to 1999, and the other for archives from 2000 to the present.

See inside our Members' section 'History & Archives' and ISS Shop for ordering details. The pair of DVDs for £12-00 including p&p to UK members and £15-00 including p&p to overseas members.
**PLEASE CONTACT Brian first via his email to arrange your purchase.**
Don't miss out on this invaluable resource for your sign researches!

Next Meeting
Saturday T.B.A. 2018 - West Mids
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield
A449 near Kidderminster
Worcs DY11 7RF
Signs of the Month
Washwater, Berkshire
Lost Signs
Fishermans Arms

Brewery Tap
Brentford, Middx

Tithe Barn 2005
Cockermouth, Cumbria

Two Boats
Long Itchington

Jamaica Inn
Bolventor, Cornwall

Moon and Sixpence
Hanwell. Oxfordshire

Bridlington, E.Yorks

Rowlands Castle, Hants

Railway Hotel
Haydon Bridge, Northhumberland

Crosby, I.O.M.

Onchan, I.O.M.

Station Master
Warmley, Gloucs

Druids Arms
Portsmouth, Hants

Derby Tavern
Portsmouth. Hampshire

Noahs Ark

New Inn
Armley,West Yorkshire

Romping Cat

Spotborough, Yorks

Smithy Inn
Holme, Cumbria


Southsea, Hants

Sir Isaac Newton


Barge Inn

Jolly Abbot
Newton Abbot, Devon

Merry Widows
Derby, Derbyshire

Greenwich, London

Lion Tavern
Moorfields, Liverpool

New Plough
Draycott, Staffs

Seven Stars
Belper, Derbys

Wollaston, West Mids

Horseshoe Inn

Saracens Head

Ducking Stool

Live & Let Live
Bringsty Common


Pilot Cutter
Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Blackpool, Lancashire

Blazing Donkey


Man of Kent

Old Locomotive

Three Postboys

Tom Foolery

Jolly Sailors
Lowestoft, Suffolk

Boat & Railway
Stoke Prior, Worcestershire

Green Parrot
Perranporth, Cornwall

Kingfisher Hotel
Dormanstown, N Yorkshire

Portsmouth, Hampshire

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