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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs
Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'
15th February 2018
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, plus a look by county at "What's INN a name?" Click on 'Journals' page above.
Latest edition Vol.113 out now!

Members can access our Archives, plus feature pages; ‘Signs of the Month’,'Sign of the Year’ award, & 'Lost Signs'.
Shown is the Tunnel House Inn (Photo - Angela Panrucker 2016)
which is an entry for the 2018 Sign of the Year.
Enjoy your visit & you may wish to be a member; Don't delay, join today!

More Inn Sign photos on Facebook page @InnSignSoc

What's INN a name? from ISS Journal
15th February 2018
What's INN a name? from ISS Journal
The latest Society Journal Vol.113 contains a number of articles on subjects such as Eating Out and 'Quirky Signs'. The regular feature in each Journal is: 'What's INN a name?'; the story of pub signs to be found in each county.

From Vol.113 - Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire
The name of this Samuel Smith’s pub refers to a poem in which Sir Gawain, a knight of King Athur’s Round Table, accepts a challenge from a mysterious ‘Green Knight’.The author of the poem is unknown and referred to as the “Pearl” poet. It is also claimed that Sir Gawain was Welsh which is why the pub located here is so named. (Photo - Jackie Wylde 2016)

Signs of the Month
15th February 2018
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for February is a selection of Double Sided Signs. Shown is the Porter & Sorter (Croydon) London.

*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!!

Sign of the Year
15th February 2018
Sign of the Year
The SOTY Award is administered by the Publicity Officer Peter Gorman who will be pleased to receive your 'Sign of the Year' entries for 2018.

Only 14 entries so far. You have until end of June to submit them, as voting takes place from 1st July until end of July, after which the result is announced on the website and in the Journal.
Don't forget, each member can send in 3 entries. What have YOU got in your collection?
We would like to see a greater variety of entries than last year, so let's see what we can all offer now!
See the SOTY page in the Members' area for all details regarding the scope of the award and conditions of entry.

Here is one of the latest; the Gunnersbury, Chiswick, London
Ship name is "Gunhilda", after Grunhilde (1020 - 1038) who was Queen Consort of Germany married to King Henry III of the Salian Dynasty.
photographed by Peter Gorman in Aug 2017

Lost Signs
15th February 2018
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! Also posted: @LostInnSigns

ISS Archives
15th February 2018
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 below.

Pub names - Signs Update
15th February 2018
Pub names - Signs Update
Check out the new signs on the 'Pub Names' page with the Top 20 (or so) sign pics which are updated regularly.

Non-members are also now able to view a 'Lost Signs' page to help the Society in our search for their dates and locations.

*See the link on right with the Lost Sign photo; click on either*

ISS Archive DVDs - 1936-2017
15th February 2018
ISS Archive DVDs - 1936-2017
Our former Archivist Brian Curtis completed his last edition of Archive DVDs this year containing over 35,000 signs available in our Archives.
Due to the large volume of the PDFs which depict these Archives he has programmed two disks;
One for archives from 1936 to 1999, and the other for archives from 2000 to the present.

See inside our Members' section 'History & Archives' and ISS Shop for ordering details. The pair of DVDs for £12-00 including p&p to UK members and £15-00 including p&p to overseas members.
**PLEASE CONTACT Brian first via his email to arrange your purchase.**
Don't miss out on this invaluable resource for your sign researches!

ISS Area Representatives
15th February 2018
ISS Area Representatives
Only ONE Area Representative is missing!- for 'Home Counties' - combining Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

If you live in one of those counties, could you be the Area Rep?
Please contact the Secretary if you wish to know more about what is involved.

Next Meeting
Saturday 7th April 2018 - West Mids
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield
A449 near Kidderminster
Worcs DY11 7RF
Signs of the Month
Porter & Sorter A
Croydon, London
Lost Signs
Worlds End
Blanford Forum Dorset P Blabey

Brewery Tap
Brentford, Middx

Tithe Barn 2005
Cockermouth, Cumbria

Two Boats
Long Itchington

Jamaica Inn
Bolventor, Cornwall

Moon and Sixpence
Hanwell. Oxfordshire

Bridlington, E.Yorks

Rowlands Castle, Hants

Railway Hotel
Haydon Bridge, Northhumberland

Crosby, I.O.M.

Onchan, I.O.M.

Station Master
Warmley, Gloucs

Druids Arms
Portsmouth, Hants

Derby Tavern
Portsmouth. Hampshire

Noahs Ark

New Inn
Armley,West Yorkshire

Romping Cat

Spotborough, Yorks

Smithy Inn
Holme, Cumbria


Southsea, Hants

Sir Isaac Newton


Barge Inn

Jolly Abbot
Newton Abbot, Devon

Merry Widows
Derby, Derbyshire

Greenwich, London

Lion Tavern
Moorfields, Liverpool

New Plough
Draycott, Staffs

Seven Stars
Belper, Derbys

Wollaston, West Mids

Horseshoe Inn

Saracens Head

Ducking Stool

Live & Let Live
Bringsty Common


Pilot Cutter
Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Blackpool, Lancashire

Blazing Donkey


Man of Kent

Old Locomotive

Three Postboys

Tom Foolery

Jolly Sailors
Lowestoft, Suffolk

Boat & Railway
Stoke Prior, Worcestershire

Swordfish Inn A
Newlyn, Cornwall

Toll House A
Bridport, Dorset

Whittington Stone A
London N 19, Greater London

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