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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs

Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

16th September 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.124 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'!!

Shown is the Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor (2013)

Subscriptions Reminder

1st September 2020
Subscriptions Reminder

Subscriptions are due 1st September 2020.

Roger has requested that as he is not going out at present and unable to visit the bank, members who do not pay by standing order, payment can be made by Bank Transfer to Inn Sign Society, Account # 03552643, Sort Code 30-93-14. Please ensure to include a payment reference (your name to indicate who the payment is from)
If members are unable to do any of the above, then forward a cheque to the Treasurer, Roger Pester. (address P.2 of your Journal)

Signs of the Month

21st September 2020
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for September are a selection of Scottish Signs.
Shown is the Molly Malones, Glasgow, Glasgow.

*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 those new or unusual signs 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)

1st September 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.
Now things are easing up with the pubs opening and less restriction on movement, we can get out to photograph signs again!

Three new nominations have been received - Tupton Tap in Tupton, Derbyshire, Top Railway in Shepshed, Leics. and shown is The Bermuda Triangle in Ashley Cross, Dorset.

What's INN a name ? One

23rd August 2020
What's INN a name ? One
The Hand & Spear, Weybridge, Surrey. Built between 1830 and 1833 as a summer house for Lord King, Baron of Ocham, it became a hotel in 1838 when the railway was built, and is next to Weybridge Station.

It's a Young's establishment, and from the website it is a pretty luxurious hotel. The name comes from the family crest showing a hand grasping a spear. At one time it was called the Formula & Firkin.

Photo P. Gorman June 2020

What's INN a name? Two

30th August 2020
What's INN a name? Two
The Mary Shelley, Bournemouth. This Wetherspoon pub in a former TK Max store is right next to St. Peter's Church where Mary Shelley and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley are buried.

Born 30th August 1797 and died 1st February 1851, she was an English novelist who was famous for writing the gothic novel Frankenstein. She was married to Percy who was a romantic poet and philosopher. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

Photo P. Gorman July 2020

ISS Archives

21st Sep 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

16th September 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 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
Volunteer Arms
Tillicoutry, Clackmannshire
Lost Signs
Lost Signs Page Manager
....................... Volunteer Req'd

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

Top Railway
Shepshed, Leics.

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