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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs
Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'
11th November 2019
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 .120 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 Kings Arms, Woodhall Spa, Lincs.
(photo P.B. 2019).

28th October 2019
The presentation for PSOTY at the Travellers Joy, Rayleigh, Essex, will take place at the Pub at 12 for 12.30 pm on Friday 29th November 2019.

The address is - Down Hall Road, SS6 9JF.
Anyone travelling by train, it's a 3 minute walk down the hill from the station.

I need to know numbers urgently, so please e mail me if you are attending -

Subscriptions Reminder
5th October 2019
Subscriptions Reminder
*********** MEMBERS ************
Subscriptions are due on 1st September, and still only £15 p.a.;
Please ensure that you have paid as soon as possible for 2019-20 when you receive your Journal.

REMINDER - If you have not paid by 30th November, your membership will cease and no further Journals will be sent.

Send cheques 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.

ISS Members - Can you help us?
21st September 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
8th November 2019
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for November are a selection of Tall Ships.
Shown is the Port Mahon, Oxford, Oxfordshire.

*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!!

What's INN a name? (1)
22nd September 2019
What's INN a name? (1)
There are a few pubs around with the name Victoria Cross. This pub is in Little Ilford on Jack Cornwell Street. The street is named after John Travers Cornwell (known as Jack) who was awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross for bravery at the Battle of Jutland. He was only 16 and was a Boy First Class in the Navy serving on HMS Chester.

He is buried in nearby Manor Park Cemetery.

The pub closed in 2014 and the licence surrendered.

Lost Signs
8th October 2019
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? (2)
14th July 2019
What's INN a name? (2)
The William Webb Ellis, Twickenham.

Keeping in Twickenham, this Wetherspoon pub is named after the alleged inventor of Rugby Football whilst a pupil at Rugby School. Legend has it that he picked up the ball and ran during a a school football match in 1823.

The story has become entrenched in sport's folklore, but is not supported by substantive evidence and most rugby historians discount it as an origin myth.

ISS Archives
8th November 2019
ISS Archives
The ISS Archivist Derek McDonald will be pleased to receive from members any contributions to the archives.
Please see the Members' area news where you can also download the latest Archive files, compiled from 2017, in .pdf format.
A copy of the previous Archives list is available for all to download in pdf from the Society & Contacts page.
Members requiring pictures need to quote pub, location and date, and Derek 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 Members' area.

Other News (details-Members' Area)
18th August 2019
Other News (details-Members' Area)
We now have a fresh stock of Journal Binders @ £7-50. See ISS shop for order details.

New PDF database now on website with 25,000 entries

The revised Society's Constitution, having been circulated, was adopted, with minor amendments, unanimously by members at the AGM on the 22nd June. The final revised version will be circulated to the Committee and will be available from the Secretary for any members who require a copy.

Pub Sign, The Constitution, Pimlico, London. Peter Gorman March 2013.

Next Meeting
Thurs 5th December 2019 @ 12noon
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
**100th!!** with Slide Presentation
Signs of the Month
Olive Leaf
Hayling Island, Hampshire
Lost Signs
Lost Signs Page Manager
....................... Volunteer Req'd

Black Horse (2012)
Iver Heath, Bucks

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

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