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Welcome ‘INN’ to our world of signs

Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

18th May 2022
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.
**Latest edition No.131 out now!** >> Click on 'Journals' page link above.

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- Bulls Head, Watling St, Two Gates, Tamworth Staffs (Phil B 2011)


19th May 2022
PSOTY 2022 is nearing Closing date. Members can submit their entries by e-mail to: or post to 69 Gordon Close, Staines 0n Thames TW18 1AP.

Members can submit up to three photos giving their location and date taken. The sign needs to be from an operating pub, in good condition with no overhanging leaves, lights etc.

Closing date for entries is at the AGM on 25th June 2022. Closing date for the final 10 selection will be 16th July 2022, and they will appear in the Journal and website in August. Voting will close on 10th October 2022.

It was decided that, as lockdown is being eased and summer is on it's way, members are more likely to get out and about to take photos of signs, so the closing date was extended.

Still looking for entries, weather getting better, so get out there with your cameras and get snapping. Pictured is The Yew Tree, Herefordshire.

A.G.M. 2022 - 5 WEEKS TO GO

19th May 2022
A.G.M. 2022 - 5 WEEKS TO GO
The White Swan Hotel in Stratford - upon - Avon is the venue for the 2022 AGM on 25th June 2022, which is in 6 weeks time. Registration starts at 11am with tea and coffee served. The meeting starts at 12 noon. A buffet lunch will be provided at 1pm, courtesy of the Society.

Members attending are reminded to notify Tom by no later than 4th June in order to arrange catering etc.

Contact Tom on , or Post to:
"Longfield" Burne Avenue, Wickford, Essex SS12 0HH.

Photo is the sign for The White Swan in 2000 (ISS Archives)

Signs of the Month

1st May 2022
Signs of the Month
This months selection from the collection of Peter Gorman, letter L - Lots of Lords and a number of Wetherspoon signs.

The pictured sign, Lifeboat on Hayling Island, Hampshire is an adaptation of The Great Wave off Kanagawa by K. Hokusai.

LOST SIGNS - 8 More to Find!

11th May 2022
LOST SIGNS - 8 More to Find!
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-member public visitors are now able to view a Lost Signs page to help the Society in our search. **Click on LS photo link on right** .........
where you can see updates and comments.
Shown- Blue Anchor, Chancery Lane, London, WC2A ('Found' by Phil.B)

PSOTY 2021 Presentation - Report

23rd January 2022
PSOTY 2021 Presentation - Report
The presentation for Pub Sign of the Year was held at the Jolly Postie, Royston, on Friday 21st January 2022. Thanks to those members who attended. The pub and McMullens Brewery was represented by the General Manager of the Jolly Postie, David Tregoning.

Certificates were presented to David and to member Malcolm Atkins, winner of PSOTY. A splendid finger lunch was put on by the pub, and our thanks go to the staff for looking after us.

Pictured Malcolm with his Certificate. (Photo M. Gorman)


8th April 2022
We welcome back Brian Curtis who has taken on the Archives after the passing of Derek. Thanks to Martin for stepping in on a temporary basis to cover the gap. Brian's e mail address is:

Latest Archive PDF download (April 2022) with over 70,000 entries now available to members in the Members' Area "History & Archives" page.

Image - The Brewers Arms photographed last week at The Living Life Museum, Surrey. Could it be from Brewers Arms, Godalming which closed in 1936 ?

Sign of Appreciation

14th May 2022
Sign of Appreciation
A reminder to members that the Society has the "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.

Shown is the last (and second) award made on 31st January 2020 to Dave Moss of the Three Fishes, Shrewsbury, for organising the restoration of the the pub's classic pictorial sign (shown here) which is recognised as a local landmark.

There is currently a nomination by a member and this is being finalised for presentation. Further details will be available when the award is made.

Next Meeting
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs. DY11 7RF
12 noon - All Members Welcome
Signs of the Month
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Newbury, Berks.
Lost Signs
Whimsey Inn (Iain Perks)
High Rd , Willenhall, West Mids

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.


Jolly Postie (2020-21)
Royston, Hertfordshire

Barley Mow
Epsom, Surrey

Jenny Wren
Calne, Wiltshire

Bulls Head
Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire

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