There are so many variations of Matthew Brown labels, it is really difficult to keep up. Here are three quite different versions of their Lion “S” Ale
It has been suggested to me by a number of followers that it would be a good idea to publish pairs of labels which are relatively common so that collectors are more aware of the differences and additional labels can be picked up for relatively small amounts of money. So here we go with two labels from Mitchell’s Central Brewery in Lancaster. The slight colour difference is one which doesn’t always come across in the images you seen on screen, but it is not the important variation.
My choice this time. Two more from South Shields. This was just a change of name for the brewery and so a complete change of design was not considered worthwhile. My brewers directory for 1949 lists three members of the Johnson family as directors.
I think the Yorkshire followers are just a little bit keener than most. We are back to Duncan Gilmour, thanks to continued requests from a regular visitor. This is the third pair of pre-war and post-war labels from that brewery.
Labels from the Eagle brewery have been added to our featured brewery section. Follow England > East Midlands
There are a couple of things I would like clarified. Is the 1930s correct for the first four labels? Is Festivale brewed for the festive season or is it for a particular festival? Could it be the Festival of Britain 1951 or the Leicester Brass Band Festival of 1931? The last two images are labels which do not indicate the beer? Are there neck labels to go with them? Are my assumptions correct? Let me know. Please!
More from Sussex, thanks to Adrian. The half pint version, only 63mm tall, of this label is fairly common, but do we always spot the pint version, 87mm?
Another pair from the Eagle brewery in Charnwood Street, Leicester. My understanding is that these were in use in the 1930s. The pint label is 84mm tall and the half pint is 71mm tall.
Our coverage of breweries in the East Midlands has been patchy at best. We will be adding a number of labels from the Eagle brewery in Charnwood Street Leicester, starting with these two variations of their Stout. I have only come across these as small 71mm tall labels which I assume were for the half pint bottles, so additional information would be very helpful.
Continuing the Sussex theme, here are two labels from the Kemptown Brewery, one from the time before the company was registered in 1933 and one showing the changes made afterwards. The Kemptown Brewery was bought by Charrington’s in 1954 and closed some 10 years later.
For my last label, I had to include something from Burnley. It wasn’t far from where I lived in the 1980s and 1990s. Firstly it is from the Burnley Cubs Brewery, and I have always had a liking for breweries that existed to serve the clubs trade and the working people of the town, secondly I have few square labels in this orientation and thirdly it gives me a chance to mention the finest football match I have ever seen. February 1999. Burnley 0 Gillingham 5. All five scored by Super Bobby Taylor, soon to be off to Manchester City.