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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs

Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

1st December 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.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 The Vesper Gate, Kirkstall, Leeds (ISS Archives)
See 'What's INN a Name' in the current Journal for the history of this sign.

Sign Of The Year 2021 Presentation

1st December 2021
Sign Of The Year  2021 Presentation
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, at least two weeks before the presentation in order for the pub to arrange catering.


1st December 2021
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.

First two entries have been received!! The Turks Head (shown) and Hogshead Brewhouse, both in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Signs of the Month

1st December 2021
Signs of the Month
This months Signs of The Month feature signs with the letters D & E - featuring Dukes, Druids, Earls and Eagles. These are from Peter Gorman's collection

Members are welcome to contribute to this feature and can send 24 signs to the Webmaster at ................ It's easy to use 'Smash' !!! *See Members' area news for details of free file transfer up to 2GB with 'Smash' - file transfer app*

The sign featured is The Duke of York, Windsor. A strange sign showing Del Boys Reliant Regal. When I first saw this pub many years ago, it had a full sized Reliant attached to the outside wall of the pub.


1st December 2021
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.

**We are still looking for a member to take over this feature -
Could it be YOU? ** See Members' area news.
Shown - Great Western, Didcot, Oxon ('Found' by Ray Scarfe)

Society Subscriptions

1st December 2021
Society Subscriptions

Society Subscriptions were due 1st September 2021.

If members are unable to use online bank transfer, then please forward a cheque to the Treasurer, Roger Pester. (address P.2 of your Journal)

Membership and Secretary

1st November 2021
Membership and Secretary
The Chairman is pleased to announce the filling of the vacancy for Membership Secretary by Iain Perks. Iain will take over this post at the end of October from Roger Pester.

Many thanks to Roger for having taken on this role, over and above his Treasurer duties. Welcome to the Committee Iain.

The Society Secretary will become vacant in June 2023 as Tom King moves overseas, so again we will be looking for a member to take up the Secretary role at this time.

ISS Archives - **New PDF Download**

1st September 2021
ISS Archives - **New PDF Download**
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 Old House At Home, Rawtenstall, Lancs ('Found' by Ray Scarfe)

Sign of Appreciation

22nd October 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. We are currently looking at suitable dates for the presentations.

Next Meeting
Thursday 2nd December (West Mids)
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs. DY11 7RF
12 noon - All Members Welcome
Signs of the Month
Earl Haig
Hounslow West, West London
Lost Signs
Boot & Shoe
village? Leicestershire

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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