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Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

14th July 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.127 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 Victoria, Fleetwood, Lancashire

*** "LOST SIGNS" is Back *** See below & right.


11th July 2021
Congratulations to new member Malcolm Atkins on submitting the winning sign "The Jolly Postie"

In what was a tie in the end with the Barley Mow, submitted by Peter Gorman, the Chairmans deciding vote went to Jolly Postie. In third place was The Grandstand submitted by Peter Corris.

I will advise the winning pub of their Award and arrange with them a suitable date for the presentation. Members will be advised of the date etc in due course.

LOST SIGNS - are back!!

14th July 2021
LOST SIGNS - are back!!
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. Thanks to all contributors.

**We are still looking for a member to take over this feature -
Could it be YOU? **See Members' area news.
Shown is the Witham & Blues, Langrick, Boston, Lincs ('Found' by PB)

Signs of the Month

14th July 2021
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for July is a selection of various Signs from Peter Gorman's archive;
...... pub names beginning with letter A.
Shown is The Anglers Retreat in West Drayton. The pub was demolished some years ago.

*Members* - We 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' - online file transfer app **

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!!
Please send your Signs of the Month to the Webmaster, Peter Gorman.

Wesbsite Management - Can you help?

6th July 2021
Wesbsite Management - Can you help?
We are still looking for members to help the Website Team with the management of two website feature pages.

To assist the Webmaster, especially in the roles of Page Manager for Lost Signs and PM for Signs of the Month, please contact the Webmaster or Assistant Webmaster:
*use WM & AWM email links in our Member' Area news.*

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

Raising a Glass....

11th July 2021
Raising a Glass....
Paul Hathaway has found another site relating to signs which he feels will be of interest to members.

This is an article I did for BBC Arts in 2015.

Pictured is the Folly Bridge which features in the article.

BBC Radio

2nd June 2021
BBC Radio
Member Paul Hathaway has sent the following link for BBC Radio on pub signs. It's an interesting programme and well worth a listen to

Photo Goat & Tricycle, Bournemouth is used to illustrate the entry.

ISS Archives - **New PDF Download**

6th July 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 is the Rat Trap, Stratton St Margaret, Wilts (a 'Found' lost sign! PB)

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.

Next Meeting
T.B.A. (West Mids)
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
Meetings cancelled TFN
Signs of the Month
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Lost Signs
North Western
'Prospect Road' - town??

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

Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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