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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs

Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

13th December 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.121 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 British, Douglas Harbour, Isle of Man.
(photo P.B. 2010).

West Mids Group 100th Meet

13th December 2019
West Mids Group 100th Meet
The West Midlands ISS Group had their 100th meeting at the Mare & Colt in Kidderminster on Thursday 5th December 2019. A very pleasant lunch, chat and imptomptu stories from Beryl Wintle ensued. This was followed by sampling of a super 'Sleeping Santa Inne' cake! (photo left)

Please see the members area news for a full report by Angela P, and more photos.

Thanks to Iain Perks for making the arrangements for these meets and lunches, and to Angela Panrucker for conducting the slide shows.

Sign of the Year - Presentation.

1st December 2019
Sign of the Year - Presentation.
The presentation for Pub Sign of the Year was made on the 29th November 2019 at the Travellers Joy, Rayleigh, Essex.

In attendance were six members and two members wives. The award was accepted by Adam Crane, General Manager of the pub. He also accepted the award on behalf of Greene King.

Peter Crosby, nominator of the sign, also received his certificate at the presentation.

Thanks again to all the who entered the competition and those who attended on Friday.

(Photo David Roe)

Subscriptions Reminder

1st December 2019
Subscriptions Reminder
*********** MEMBERS ************ The final due date for Subscriptions has now passed. Those who have not paid will have their membership cancelled and will no longer receive any journals.

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

ISS Members - Can you help us?

1st December 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 December 2019
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for December are a selection of Signs from the 1970's.
Shown is the Halfway Inn, Aylesbeare, Devon.

*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 December 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 December 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.

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.

Sign of Appreciation

1st December 2019
Sign of Appreciation
The Society is introducing 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.

On the 29th November at the PSOTY Awards at the Travellers Joy, the first Sign of Appreciation was awarded to Greene King for their production of excellent signs on their pubs and Hungry Horse pubs. This was evident by the fact they had eight signs in this years PSOTY. Adam Crane, General Manager of the Travellers Joy, received the award on their behalf.

(Photo David Roe)

Next Meeting
Thurs 26th March 2020 @ 12noon
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
with Slide Presentation
Signs of the Month
Three Lamps
Bristol, Bristol
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

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

Travellers Joy
Rayleigh, Essex (2019)

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

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