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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs

Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

27th March 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.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 Mischief, Norwich.
(photo - Phil B. 27-10-13)

2020 A.G.M. - Now cancelled

18th March 2020
On 15th March 2020, the Committee regretfully decided to cancel this years AGM due to the ongoing Corona Virus outbreak.

The Summer issue of the Journal will appear at the end of May and will include proposals for the continued management of the Society. This will include matters that would normally have been voted on at the AGM.

If any members have any issues with this decision, please contact the Society Secretary, Tom King.

Pub Sign Of The Year - 2020

26th March 2020
Pub Sign Of The Year  -  2020
PSOTY 2020 is now open to members to submit their favourite signs. Closing date 30th April 2020.

Time is running out, we have just over 5 weeks to closing date. Time to go through your signs to see if you have anything current and worthy of an entry.

**Signs must be from pubs that are currently trading and must be clear and in good condition.** See SOTY page in members area for full details.

Members can submit up to three signs, giving location and date of the photo; to and prints to Peter Gorman (address Page 2 of your Journal).

The Committee will then choose the 10 best signs for the final vote by members. Final date for voting by members will be 10th July 2020.


Only seven entries have been received to date. Pictured is The Victoria, Strathern Place, London.

ISS Members - Can you help us?

18th March 2020
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

24th March 2020
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for March are a selection of Wall Art on Pub Buildings.
Shown is the Royal Oak, Cossington, Leicestershire.

*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!!

Surrey Walk About - Part 2

21st March 2020
Surrey Walk About - Part 2
This time I started off in Esher. Young's Bear Hotel has the new design sign, whilst a lot of their new signs are good, this one does not do justice to the old one. Moving on, Fuller's Albert Arms has a decent sign (pictured) The Wheatsheaf on the Green has a basic pictorial sign, better than none at all.

Moving on towards Kingston, Greene King's Marquis of Granby has a pictorial sign of a Coat of Arms, presumably that of the Marquis. Further towards Hampton Court is Mariner's Village Inn. This 1765 pub has an on the wall sign with three geese.

Finally, one I missed in the last write up, is the Angel Inn in Thames Ditton, again with a new black and white sign. Guess there will not be much walking about taking signs for a while.

Lost Signs

24th March 2020
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?

21st March 2020
What's INN a name?
The Chain Runner, Livingston, Scotland. This Marstons pub/carvery reflects the local history of the area with regards to the Shale mining industry.

Chain Runners were in charge of "rakes" or trains of hutches being transported on haulage roads underground and to and from the retorts at the crude oil works.

Photo - Peter Gorman, March 2020.

ISS Archives

24th March 2020
ISS Archives
The ISS Archivist Derek McDonald will be pleased to receive from members any contributions to the archives.

Members requiring pictures need to quote pub, location and date, and Derek will be happy to send them to you.

At the moment the PDF Down Load is not available, but any member requiring a copy please e-mail the Archivist and I will send you one.

Sign of Appreciation

5th March 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 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.

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 which is recognised as a local landmark.

Pictured is the sign.

WINNER - Sign of the Year 2019

9th February 2020
WINNER - Sign of the Year 2019
The 2019 Winner of the SOTY Award was 'The Travellers Joy' a Hungry Horse pub in Rayleigh, Essex.
The presentation of the Award took place on Friday 29th November 2019 at the pub premises in Rayleigh, Essex.

Several members attended to see the framed certificate presented the General Manager, Adam Crane by our Publicity Officer, Peter Gorman. Thanks to Adam for hosting us and for the finger lunch provided.

A bit of Trivia on this sign, whilst we have a Joyful mouse, part of the sign also shows a clematis plant known as travellers joy which is a woody member of the buttercup family. It is also known old man's beard.

Members! You may now start submitting your entries for 2020

Next Meeting
T.B.A. (West Mids)
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
Meetings cancelled TFN
Signs of the Month
Farnworth, Greater Manchester
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

Derby Tavern
Portsmouth. Hampshire

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.

The Kings Arms.
Bagshot, Surrey.

Strathern, London.

United Brotherhood.



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