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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs

Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

14th May 2021
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.126 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 'Members & Join Us' link above!!

Shown is the Unicorn - Wollaston, West Midlands
(A Bathams pub - photo Phil B -May 2014)

Sign of the Year 2021 VOTING OPEN

9th May 2021
Sign of the Year 2021 VOTING OPEN
The final 10 signs have now been selected by the Committee and are shown in the Members' Area. Click on an image to enlarge it and click browser back button to return.

The 10 finalists will also be included in the Journal at the end of May 2021.

Send your votes to the Publicity Officer by email at: or by post to: Peter Gorman at the address on P.2. of your Journal.

See 'Entries & Voting' under Sign of the Year in the Members' Area for how to vote and points awarded. The final votes must be in by 10th July 2021.

Signs of the Month

15th May 2021
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for May are a selection of Thwaite's Signs.
Shown is The Hop Pocket, Chorley, Lancashire.

*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!!

What's INN a name ? One

2nd April 2021
What's INN a name ? One
The Charlie Butler, Mortlake, London. This Young's pub was built in 1968. It replaced an older pub called The Old George.

Charlie was Head Drayman at the Young's Brewery from 1923 to 1966 when he retired. The sign shows him and a Dray Horse called Steve. The pub closed in 2012 and was subsequently demolished to make way for residential properties.

Photo - P. Gorman 2010.

Wesbsite Management - Can you help?

1st May 2021
Wesbsite Management - Can you help?
We are still looking for members to help out with the management of the website.

If anyone is interested in assisting the Webmaster, and especially in the role of Page Manager for Lost Signs and Signs of the Month (see Members' Area), please contact the Publicity Officer / Webmaster or any other member of the Committee.

There will also be a vacancy for 'Signs of the Month' page manager before June 2021, so if you have an interest in that, please contact the Webmaster.

Your help would be very much appreciated if you have reasonable computer skills, and training will be given regarding our management access.

‘Lest We Forget’ - Lost Pubs e-Book

1st February 2021- Version 4.0
‘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 4.0 now available***
OVER 200 lost pubs detailed in this latest update!!


3rd April 2021
Unfortunately due to the continued Pandemic the 2021 AGM of the Society fixed for Saturday 26th June 2021, at the White Swan Hotel, Stratford - upon - Avon has had to be cancelled.

If any member has any concern about the conduct of the Society business, they can contact the Secretary Tom King at

Tom has just advised that he has re - booked The White Swan Hotel in Stratford - upon - Avon for the 2022 AGM on 25th June 2022.

Photo of 1978 sign for The White Swan. ISS Archives

What's INN a name? Two

2nd April 2021
What's INN a name? Two
The Herbert Chapman, Holloway Road London. Herbert Chapman was an English footballer with an undistinguished career, however he became one of the most influential managers and the early part of the 20th Century managing teams Northampton Town, Leeds City and Huddersfield Town.

In 1925 Arsenal tempted him to join them and this led them to getting their first "Silverware" winning the FA Cup and two Division 1 titles. They became the dominant team in the1930's but he did not live to see this as he passed away suddenly in 1934.

The pub is near the Arsenal Emirates Stadium.

ISS Archives

1st May 2021
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

26th January 2021
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
Wainstalls, West Yorkshire
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.

Holly Blue

Cricketers Arms
Danbury, Essex

Market Inn
Sandwich, Kent

Sneachill, Worcs.

The Grandstand

Jolly Postie
Royston, Hertfordshire

Barley Mow
Epsom, Surrey

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