Pub Signs

Volume 6, Issue 99; 13 Oct 2003

A collection of photographs.

As I proposed, I did start a collection of pub signs. As snapshots, I don’t think they’re all bad, but I clearly need to improve my technique if I want to make nice photos of them.

The Three Tuns
The Three Tuns
The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak
Ferry Inn
Ferry Inn
The Maltsters
The Maltsters
The Ship Freehouse
The Ship Freehouse
Fox & Hounds
Fox & Hounds
The Green Gate
The Green Gate
Kings Head
Kings Head
The Greyhound
The Greyhound
The Angel
The Angel
The Swan
The Swan

Alas, no, I didn’t manage a pint in all these pubs.


You might be also interested in "pub sign" games played on long car journeys e.g.

—Posted by Paul Downey on 21 Oct 2003 @ 12:42 UTC #

re The Farmers Arms Can you help me please? I'm looking for details of the origin of this name and associated sign. Also some 19thC mugs have an associated verse. Any references would be greatly appreciated-or photo of existing pub-sign Thanks PC

—Posted by Peter Constable on 01 Jan 2004 @ 11:34 UTC #

thanks for taking the time to take these very nice pub signs, I was in scotland for 2 years (79'-81') I really miss the uk, and it's great and friendly people! please tell me if you will have more down the road. thanks! Glade Campbell pleasant view Utah, USA

—Posted by glade campbell on 03 Mar 2004 @ 10:57 UTC #

I'm off to visit my folks in the UK again next week. More to come!

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 05 Mar 2004 @ 03:57 UTC #

These photos are quite beautiful. I'm esgerly waiting to see further additions. Any chance of a series of Green Man signs? I've always found the green man lore fascinating. Thank you for your excellent work.

—Posted by donald hatch on 10 Mar 2004 @ 05:07 UTC #

Green Man sightings. Yeah, I like that. I'll keep my eyes open. There's on in my living room, I suppose I could start there.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 15 Mar 2004 @ 01:40 UTC #

Great site..... thought you might like to look at my site, I'm an artist from Bristol who, over a little while, got incereasingly fed up with the state of the 'modern' English pub sign.....large breweries and leisure groups seem to be going down the road of getting computer generated images and sticking them behind an inch of plastic!!!!very tasteful! Anyway, I'd like your comments, there's only a few on the site, I'm currently working on The Castle Inn pub sign in Corfe, Dorset, and after I start the QuickSilver Inn in Yeovil.

Regards Graeme

—Posted by Graeme Robbins on 15 Jun 2004 @ 09:33 UTC #

Wonderful signs, Graeme. I particularly like The Foresters. I plan to be back in the UK in October, I'll have to try and snag one of yours for the collection :-)

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 15 Jun 2004 @ 11:39 UTC #

I am looking to purchase authentic UK pub signs...any suggestions of where to begin? Many Thanks.

—Posted by Chris Anderson on 04 Jul 2004 @ 04:29 UTC #


Luckily for me, being an artist, pub signs usually disintergrate after a few years, this is a result of our lovely weather. But I am often asked to reproduce some of the 'older' designs....If I can be of any help email me @

—Posted by Graeme Robbins on 14 Jul 2004 @ 12:25 UTC #

Do you have any pictures of a pub in South Devon called the Winking Prawn? I am keen to see the sign. Cheers, sounds like an interesting pasttime.

—Posted by Pete H-J on 03 Oct 2004 @ 06:52 UTC #

Sorry, Pete, I've never been to South Devon. But if I get there, I'll try to get the Winking Prawn!

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 04 Oct 2004 @ 11:04 UTC #

i along with my father run a pub sign business using traditional methods gold leaf hand painted pictorials all researched if heraldic why not visit my website or we also specialise in murals

—Posted by heath haden on 07 Oct 2004 @ 09:40 UTC #

do you have a pub sign for the Live and Let Live? or any information about any pubs with this name please. please e-mail me back a.s.a.p thanks, anne

—Posted by anne cooper on 15 May 2005 @ 10:54 UTC #

Can any one help me find a picture of two Pubs I painted the signs for,they are'The Alexanda'in Banet and the 'Cat and Fiddle' in Hertfordshire.Thank you for your time.

—Posted by Ray Turner on 31 Jul 2005 @ 02:21 UTC #

Very ineresting site - I like your photos, but there's no double-siders! In England sometimes you can find pub signs with different (but related) images on each side of the sign. I am a pub sign writer, and I've done a couple - check out & look for Royal Oak and Dewdrop Inn signs!

—Posted by Nick Hallard on 03 Aug 2005 @ 01:55 UTC #

I do miniatures and my current project is a miniature pub, I have just started working on my sign and these photo's really helped. Thanx for posting them. By the way, the name of my pub is Tail O'the Whale and I have a humpback whale tail on the sign.

—Posted by Tanni on 21 Sep 2005 @ 03:36 UTC #

One of my friends is getting married soon and I knwo he likes the Englsih pub signs. I therefore like to get one made for him with the picture of our motor bike club on it. Does anybody have an idea where I can get these made and how much they are? Thanks for you help - ciao Frank

—Posted by Frank Klischat on 20 Oct 2005 @ 08:10 UTC #

Norman -- Very much enjoyed your collection of UK pub signs (and your cat photos!), which is an interest of mine also. You might like to take a look at my collection of pub signs featuring cats -- not yet quite complete but getting there -- which is part of a broader website about cats that you will find at

Kind regards,

Patrick Roberts Wrexham, North Wales, UK

—Posted by Patrick Roberts on 02 Dec 2005 @ 10:22 UTC #

do you have a five alls pub sign,very unusal name i know, my local is called the five alls, i understand where it comes from , an example of a sign would be good , a feel a quiz coming on in my local , hah ha

—Posted by scotty on 11 Mar 2006 @ 08:26 UTC #

Hi, do you have any French Horn pub signs? French Horn in Gerrards Cross Bucks?


—Posted by Chelsea on 23 Jul 2006 @ 08:53 UTC #

I also collected a lot of pub signs and made a little booklet. Look at my homepage to see some of them:

—Posted by Jochen Foeller on 14 Nov 2006 @ 05:36 UTC #

what a great site, would you happen to know of a brewery/beer/pub by the name of Royal Sovereign? The Enamel sign also lists, "Splendid London Stout" and has a logo of St. George slaying the Dragon. Thanks

—Posted by Mike Belanger on 10 Aug 2007 @ 02:10 UTC #

I'd really like to get in touch contact to ask for permission to make use of one of these photographs for an image I'm putting together. It's for a poster for a play for an amateur theatre, so it's sort of non-commercial (in that no one makes any money) but sort of commercial (in that people do pay to see the show, which funds future shows).

If Norman reads this: great pictures! Please may I have your permission?

Otherwise, to anyone else: do you know of a contact email address for Mr Walsh?

—Posted by J on 22 Aug 2007 @ 10:43 UTC #

I do, and you may. I also sent you email to that effect.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 23 Aug 2007 @ 11:43 UTC #

Hi site needs updating badly, but thought you'd like to know, and probabbly thanks to your site, I've now got signs in New York (again, Paris, Boston, two really good ones in Trinidad, a Saudi Arabia (private) one, and even requests from a scientific research station in Antartica!!!!

MANY THANKS Graeme Robbins

—Posted by Graeme Robbis on 20 May 2008 @ 08:42 UTC #

I love pub signs and have made a page of my own. The address is above, I hope you all enjoy it. I also have a page of pubs which is at

—Posted by Patti on 18 Dec 2008 @ 07:09 UTC #

For those who want to know more about how pub signs were produced by the renowned studio Brewery Artists Ltd, check out the site I have recently put together. I used to work for the now defunct studio many years ago and have great memories of a superb job working with fine people producing quality inn signs.

—Posted by Nicholas Robertson on 28 May 2010 @ 10:31 UTC #

I have updated the Brewery Artists Inn Sign site with a poster of 25 pub signs available to buy - see

—Posted by Nicholas Robertson on 25 Jun 2010 @ 02:07 UTC #