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Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

1st January 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.125 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'!!

Shown is The British - Douglas, I.O.M. (photo Phil.B 07-2010)

Signs of the Month

22nd January 2021
Signs of the Month
In our Members' area the 'Signs of the Month' feature for January are a selection of Signs that feature Pigs.
Shown is the Pig on the Wall, Droylsden, Greater Manchester.

*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!!

PSOTY - 2021 (2020 CARRY OVER)

27th December 2020
PSOTY  -  2021 (2020 CARRY OVER)
Due to the lack of entries for the 2020 Competition and the ongoing covid situation, it was decided to cancel the 2020 PSOTY Competition.
The submitted signs will remain on the Website for carrying over to 2021. Members are urged to submit entries for 2021. Entries will close 15th April 2021.

The final 10 signs will be selected by the Committee and will be included in the Journal at the end of May 2021.The final votes by members must be in by 10th July 2021.

A further three new signs submitted - Broad Green Tavern near Croydon, Aperfield Inn, Biggen Hill, Kent and Tyrells Ford in Avon Dorset. We now have 22 entries.

Pictured is The Broad Green Tavern.

What's INN a name ? One

27th December 2020
What's INN a name ? One
I thought I would deal with the news that Wadworth Brewery announced the sale of 21 of it's pubs to The Jersey Liberation Group's Butcombe Brewery in Somorset. The pubs are based in 9 counties. and include The Fish Inn in Ringwood, Hampshire, and Penny in Bristol. As a result of this sale, we had to withdraw the PSOTY nomination of the Goat & Tricycle in Bournemouth

Liberation acquired Butcombe Brewery in 2015 giving them a foothold in the mainland.

(Photo P. Gorman 2014)

‘Lest We Forget’ - Lost Pubs e-Book

1st August 2020
‘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 3.0 now available***
OVER 200 lost pubs detailed in this latest update!!

What's INN a name? Two

20th December 2020
What's INN a name? Two
Turners Old Star, Wapping, London. Named after Joseph Turner (1775 - 1851) a romantic painter. He was brought up in London and was always fascinated by the Thames. Water and ships were an inspiration in his work and the riverside was his homebase for life.

In 1833 he met Sophia Booth who became his mistress. He inherited 2 cottages in Wapping and converted them into a tavern where Sophia became proprietor. He named it "The Old Star" To keep their life together secret he adopted her surname and because of his 5ft hight and portly girth, he became known as "Puggy Booth"

The pub remains on site to this day. Photo Peter Gorman 2012

ISS Archives

22nd January 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

16th September 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 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.

ISS Area Representatives

5th January 2021
ISS Area Representatives
The Area Reps have been discontinued

Next Meeting
T.B.A. (West Mids)
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
Meetings cancelled TFN
Signs of the Month
Pot Bellied Pig
Burton in Kendal, Cumbria
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.

Kings Arms
Bagshot, Surrey.

Strathern, London.

United Brethren



Holly Blue

Steam Wagon

Cricketers Arms
Danbury, Essex

The Grange
Boreham, Essex

Top Railway
Shepshed, Leics.

The Fox Inn
Elworth, Cheshire.

Market Inn
Sandwich, Kent

Butchers Arms
Sheepscombe. Glos.

Sneachill, Worcs.

The Grandstand

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