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Welcome 'INN' to our world of signs
Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'
18th April 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.
Click on 'Journals' page link above - Latest edition Vol.114 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!

More Inn Sign photos on Facebook page @InnSignSoc

Notice of *** 2018 A.G.M. ***
18th April 2018
To be held on Saturday 23rd June 2018 - At the Shepherd Neame Brewery Visitor Centre,
Court Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AX
Further details in the Members' area re venue and facilities.
All members are welcome; Please contact the Secretary if you are attending.

What's INN a name? from the Journal
14th April 2018
What's INN a name? from the Journal
The regular feature in each Journal is: 'What's INN a name?'; the story of pub signs to be found in each county.
Labourers Rest, Pleshey, Essex
This sign was painted by ISS member Dan Luckin for the owner of a 16th century listed public house that used to be a Ridley’s brewery pub from the 1930’s to the early 70’s
It was used by local farm workers – hence the name.
The grass hook (sickle) shown next to the man’s hand in the sign belonged to Dan’s father.
(Photo - Dan Luckin)

ISS Members - Can you help us?
14th April 2018
We need a new member for the Website Team, so if you are OK with computers, ** please see the Members' area news page ** for details. Thanks in advance from the Webmaster!

Sign of the Year
14th April 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 21 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 what can we 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 Bay Horse, Near Lancaster, Lancs
photographed by Peter Corris in August 2017

Signs of the Month
14th April 2018
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for April is a selection of Gardening Signs. Shown is the Rose in Bloom, Whitstable, Kent.

*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!!

Lost Signs
15th April 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

What's INN a name?
18th April 2018
What's INN a name?
A Wetherspoons pub, The Tilly Shilling is in Farnborough, Hampshire.
It is named after Beatrice "Tilly" Shilling OBE, PhD, MSc Eng. who was an aeronautical engineer.
In WW2 she invented the "miss shilling orifice", a fix for the Rolls Royce Merlin engine fitted to the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane.
She also raced motor cycles and was awarded the Gold Star for lapping the Brooklands circuit at 106 mph on her Norton M30.

The spitfire depicted on the sign is the Mark 8. (Photo - Peter Gorman 2018)

ISS Archives
15th April 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
14th April 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 April 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!

Next Meeting
Saturday 23rd June 2018 - A.G.M.
Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre
Court St, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AX
Signs of the Month
Southsea, Hampshire
Lost Signs
Ye Olde Salutation
Nottingham Notts A Panrucker

Tithe Barn 2005
Cockermouth, Cumbria

Two Boats
Long Itchington

Moon and Sixpence
Hanwell. Oxfordshire

Railway Hotel
Haydon Bridge, Northhumberland

Crosby, I.O.M.

Station Master
Warmley, Gloucs

Derby Tavern
Portsmouth. Hampshire

New Inn
Armley,West Yorkshire

Smithy Inn
Holme, Cumbria

Sir Isaac Newton


Merry Widows
Derby, Derbyshire

Lion Tavern
Moorfields, Liverpool

New Plough
Draycott, Staffs

Seven Stars
Belper, Derbys

Wollaston, West Mids

Horseshoe Inn

Saracens Head

Live & Let Live
Bringsty Common

Pilot Cutter
Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Blackpool, Lancashire


Old Locomotive

Three Postboys

Tom Foolery

Jolly Sailors
Lowestoft, Suffolk

Boat & Railway
Stoke Prior, Worcestershire

Swordfish Inn
Newlyn, Cornwall

Toll House
Bridport, Dorset

Whittington Stone
London N 19, Greater London

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