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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs

Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

1st August 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.123 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'!!

Sign is the Blue Boar, Aldbourne, Wilts. (Angela Panrucker - Feb 2015)

Signs of the Month

8th August 2020
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for August are a selection of Jolly Signs.
Shown is the Jolly Farmer, Staines, Surrey.

*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 'Smash - 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!!

‘Lest We Forget’ - Lost Pubs e-Book

1st August 2020
‘Lest We Forget’ - Lost Pubs e-Book
One of our members is writing a new book entitled ‘Lest We Forget’ - A superb account of many UK 'lost pubs'. It covers pubs that are no longer with us – their brief history and an explanation for the name.
This will not be a physical book but will take the form of a digital e-Book.
***There will be ongoing updates, so check the version below.***

The author now wishes to make it freely available via the Members’ Area pages of the Web Site. There is also a link to a free Adobe E-Reader computer app.

Members! Go to your Members' area now and check out the downloads! ***Version 3.0 now available***
OVER 200 lost pubs detailed in this latest update!!

PSOTY - 2021 (2020 CARRY OVER)

27th July 2020
PSOTY  -  2021 (2020 CARRY OVER)
Due to the lack of entries for the 2020 Competition and the ongoing covid situation, it was decided to cancel the 2020 PSOTY Competition.
The submitted signs will remain on the Website for carrying over to 2021. Members wishing to submit entries for 2021 can do so, a programme will be put together later this year.

Thanks to those who submitted signs. Another issue that needs to be addressed is that some of the pubs featured may not weather "The storm", so we will have to monitor if they are still operating next year.
As things are easing up with the opening up of pubs in July and less restrictions on movement, we can now get out to start photographing signs.

Pictured is The Cricketers Arms, Danbury.

Lost Signs

14th July 2020
Lost Signs
See Members' area news.
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!

What's INN a name ? One

29th April 2020
What's INN a name ? One
The Three Chimneys, Biddenden, Kent.

The building dates from around 1420 and was a simple ale house. During the Seven Years' War (1756 - 1763) French prisoners were kept at nearby Sissinghurst Castle. The French seamen were placed on parole in the area and were allowed out as far as the pub.

The pub was referred to by the locals as the "Three Wents' (or three ways) but the prisoners called it "Les Trois Chemins" and the unique name Three Chimneys derives from the French for the junction of the three roads.

This sign differs slightly from previous signs in that there is no notice attached to the road sign. Although it still shows a 18th Century French prisoner, original signs showed him observing the parole boundary notice attached to the road sign. Photo: Peter Gorman, March 2018.

What's INN a name? Two

28th April 2020
What's INN a name? Two
I have two signs for pubs named General Eliott. One is in Leeds and this one which I took in 2011 is in Uxbridge alongside the Grand Union Canal.

Named after George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield PC KB b.25th December 1717 d.6th June 1790. He was a British Army Officer who rose to distinction in the Seven Years War and between 1756 to 1759 was ADC to King George II. On 25th May 1777 he was appointed Governor of Gibraltar and was there during the Great Siege of Gibraltar.

The sign is based on the portrait "Defeat of the floating batteries" by John Singleton Copley. This was the climax of the Great siege in 1782.
He was a teetotaller and vegetarian. He died in Germany of palsy / stroke, allegedly brought on by drinking too much of the local mineral water.

ISS Archives

8th August 2020
ISS Archives
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 - We Transfer'**

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

** Please Note ** - Latest Archive PDF download (May 2020) is now again available for members in the History & Archives page of the Members' Area.

Sign of Appreciation

28th April 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. This is ongoing, but as with everything else, it is currently not possible to do any on site presentations.

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 is the sign.

WINNER - Sign of the Year 2019

22nd April 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 as old man's beard.

With the 2020 competition being cancelled, we will be continuing in 2021. Updates will be given once things get back to normal.

Subscriptions Reminder

27th July 2020
Subscriptions Reminder
*********** MEMBERS ************

An early reminder - Subscriptions are due 1st September 2020.

Any queries, please contact the Treasurer, Roger Pester. His details are in the front page of the journal.

Next Meeting
T.B.A. (West Mids)
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
Meetings cancelled TFN
Signs of the Month
Jolly Drover
Hillbrow, Hampshire
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

Derby Tavern
Portsmouth. Hampshire

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.

Kings Arms
Bagshot, Surrey.

Strathern, London.

United Brethren



Holly Blue

Steam Wagon

Cricketers Arms
Danbury, Essex

The Grange
Boreham, Essex

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