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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs

Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

16th February 2020
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.121 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 Brickmakers Arms - Brierley Hill, West Midlands
(photo - Phil B. 31-05-14)

Pub Sign Of The Year - 2020

9th February 2020
Pub Sign Of The Year  -  2020
PSOTY 2020 is now open to members to submit their favourite signs.
**Signs must be from pubs that are currently trading and must be clear and in good condition.** See SOTY page in members area for full details.

Members can submit up to three signs, giving location and date of the photo; to and prints to Peter Gorman (address Page 2 of your Journal).

This will be a shorter than normal period for submission and entries will close on 30th April 2020. The Committee will then choose the 10 best signs for the final vote by members.

This year at the AGM, the 10 best signs will be on display, and those attending will be able to select their favourite three signs on voting forms which will be provided. Final date for voting will be 10th July 2020.

First entries are in. Pictured is The Coach & Horses, Whitstable, Kent.

ISS Members - Can you help us?

1st December 2019
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 Web Master, and especially in the role of Page Manager for Lost Signs (see below), please contact the Publicity Officer / Webmaster or any other member of the Committee.

Your help would be very much appreciated if you have reasonable computer skills, and training will be given regarding our management access.

Signs of the Month

22nd February 2020
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for February are a selection of Admiral Signs.
Shown is the Admiral Hornblower, Oakham, Rutland.

*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!!

Surrey Walk About.

25th January 2020
Surrey Walk About.
I recently took a number of walks around an area I had done many years ago. Starting off at Hampton Court, the former Shepherd Neame pub The Cardinal Wolsey is now Sextons at Hampton Court. It has a pictorial sign, a gold harp on a green background. The former Blubeckers is now The Mute Swan with a pictorial sign. Further up the road at Weston Green is the Greyhound which is currently transitioning to Sextons on the Green. Still has the Greyhound sign.

On to Thames Ditton, Greene King's Olde Swan still has a great sign. Across the road is Maisie, formerly The Crown, no pictorial sign. The former Red Lion is now know as Ditto and again, no pictorial sign. Shepherd Neame's George & Dragon now has the new type sign.

Finally on this particular trip, I came across a pub on a residential road called the Limping Fox, a family run pub that gets its name from a local fox which frequents the area. It has an on the wall sign and a hanging sign (pictured).

Lost Signs

1st January 2020
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?

29th December 2019
What's INN a name?
The Duke of Edinburgh, Lee Green. In 1726 the title was created by George I who bestowed it on his grandson, Prince Frederick, and on his death it was passed to his son Prince George. When George became King George III in 1760 the title merged into the Crown.

In 1866 Queen Victoria re - created the title in the "Peerage of the United Kingdom" for her second son Prince Alfred. He became the Duke of Saxe - Coburg and Gotha in 1893 and retained his British titles. His only son, Alfred committed suicide in 1899 and on the elder Alfreds death in 1900 the title became extinct.

The title was created for a third time in 1947 by George VI who bestowed it on his son - in - law, Philip Mountbatten, when he married Princess Elizabeth, our current Queen. The sign shows Prince Alfred.

ISS Archives

22nd February 2020
ISS Archives
The ISS Archivist Derek McDonald will be pleased to receive from members any contributions to the archives.

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

At the moment the PDF Down Load is not available, but any member requiring a copy please e-mail the Archivist and I will send you one.

Sign of Appreciation

4th February 2020
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 to be sent to David Cole or any other member of the Committee.

Awards of the certificate will be listed in the Journal and also on the website.

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 which is recognised as a local landmark.

Pictured are Committee Member David Cole, Dave Moss (Publican) Carol Rose and John Brown, ISS Member and sign writer.

WINNER - Sign of the Year 2019

9th February 2020
WINNER - Sign of the Year 2019
The 2019 Winner of the SOTY Award was 'The Travellers Joy' a Hungry Horse pub in Rayleigh, Essex.
The presentation of the Award took place on Friday 29th November 2019 at the pub premises in Rayleigh, Essex.

Several members attended to see the framed certificate presented the General Manager, Adam Crane by our Publicity Officer, Peter Gorman. Thanks to Adam for hosting us and for the finger lunch provided.

A bit of Trivia on this sign, whilst we have a Joyful mouse, part of the sign also shows a clematis plant known as travellers joy which is a woody member of the buttercup family. It is also known old man's beard.

Members! You may now start submitting your entries for 2020

Next Meeting
Thurs 26th March 2020 @ 12noon
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
with Slide Presentation
Signs of the Month
Admiral Vernon
Dagenham, Essex
Lost Signs
Lost Signs Page Manager
....................... Volunteer Req'd

Milk Churn (2014)
Melksham, Wilts

Vulcan Arms (2010)
Sizewell, Suffolk

Black Horse (2012)
Iver Heath, Bucks

King Billy (2015)
Sneinton, Notts

Old Hunters Tavern
(2016) Stalybridge

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

Saracens Head

Live & Let Live
Bringsty Common

Old Locomotive

Tom Foolery

Smoking Dog
Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Boat & Railway
Stoke Prior, Worcestershire

Skirrid Inn
Llanvihangel, Powys

Swordfish Inn
Newlyn, Cornwall

Chiswick, London

Lass o'Richmond Hill
Richmond, Surrey (2018)

Stowmarket, Suffolk

Grey Horse
Musselburgh, Lothian

Greyfriars Bobby
Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Stockton, Durham

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Tommy Wallocks
Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Chequers Inn
Stapleford, Nottinghamshire

Old Chequers Inn
Crowle, Worcestershire

Travellers Joy
Rayleigh, Essex (2019)

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

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