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Desert Island Beer Labels #9

I moved to Manchester in 1965. One of the pubs visited regularly was the Lower Turks Head in Withy Grove. For many years I didn’t know what the MB above the door was all about, only later did I learn about the Manchester Brewery Company and its place in the history of brewing in the City. Much later came the label. How could anyone resist their silver vatted ales. Lovely design and for me, a move away from the traditional oval designs.

Manchester Brewery

Desert Island Beer Labels #8

In the 1970s I played a lot of chess. We had a pub team at the Albert Inn in Rusholme. There were a couple of really good players, but I managed to get game most weeks. We played a team in Ashton under Lyne, the only other pub team in the League, on a regular basis and they played in a former Gartsides pub, the Theatre Tavern, which still had the tiled walls and signage. I have always liked the Gartside labels, this is the only one I have, which doesn’t appear anywhere else on the website.

Gartside 2

I have found it. Sussex is in the bottom right hand corner of the map of the British Isles. Next to the Garden of England. It was there all the time. As a start here are two variations of Beard’s Strong Brown Ale. The label on the left was in use in the early 1930s and the one on the right, possibly introduced before the war, but certainly in use in the 1940s.Beard

Very kindly sent in by Steve M. We really do appreciate the contributions and feedback. Thank you. Here are two variants of their Old Crony, which I guess was a fairly strong Ale.  And this is not one of those differences where more ink gets on to the label. I wonder if anyone out there has any idea of the dates these labels were in use.


Desert Island Beer Labels #7

I can’t believe we are on seven already. The Tadcaster Tower Brewery was the first brewery I visited in the 1970s. I can’t remember who organised it or who I went with. It obviously made an impression because I have put together a good collection of their labels. I like the development of the Tower and background, and the way in which the different bottling stores are listed on the labels. This example has everything for me. Strong winds, light and shade in the tower, 6d a bottle and was in use before the bottling plant at Grimsby was closed.

Tadcaster Tower

Desert Island Beer Labels #6

I lived for a number of years in Rawtenstall. John Baxters Brewery had been situated about a mile away in Waterfoot until purchased and closed by Beverley Brothers of Wakefield in the early 1950s.  The stables were there, and still are I believe. Stone monogram prominent. Plenty of Glen Top Ales windows to be seen in the locality. I remember there was a model of the brewery in the local museum. I have got away from red, but I expect you have noticed the consistency of label style, brewery name curved around the top, beer or town round the bottom. And there is the monogram.


Desert Island Beer Labels #5

I started collecting in the early 80s after I bought a large box full of labels from a junk shop in Rochester. Several thousand labels from the United States, Eastern Europe and about 2000 from the UK. Although most labels were from the 50s and 60s there were a few real gems, including many from East Anglia, including this lovely example from Bullards of Norwich. A red and black theme seems to be emerging, town name again, Norwich and proud of it. Superb Anchor trade mark.


Desert Island Beer Labels #4

I worked for 25 years in Leigh. From the time my interest in old breweries and label collecting had begun I visited the remains of the brewery on more than one occasion in the hope of finding a label or two. I did manage to acquire an early playing card but that wasn’t the same thing. Eventually I added this label and the Extra Stout label to my collection. Both brews were continued by Peter Walker with almost the same label design after the takeover in 1931. Once again a simple design, and it seems red is the colour of choice, although this time red and shades of brown.Shaw

Despite the enthusiastic welcome we get whenever a new post from a Yorkshire brewery arrives, this set is nearly at an end. We have added this one because there were  a number of suggestions that the last had two identical labels. The difference here should be slightly easier to spot. We have had a number of mails asking if our map of the British Isles has a hole where Sussex is. We will attempt to remedy that omission in the near future. Of course if anyone is able to help with images for the featured brewery section or either of the blogs; ‘Spot the Difference’ or ‘Size Matters’, we would be very pleased, not to say gobsmacked.

Barnsley 2

Desert Island Beer Labels #3

No prizes for guessing why this is here. The brewery was close to the centre of Bury not far from the Crown Brewery. There are still plenty of reminders of the brewery, the best being the roofboards just down the road at the Dungeon Inn. And there are a few large tiled signs around, I saw one in Rochdale just this afternoon. There aren’t many labels from this brewery around, I have just the three and I have seen one other. Interesting to note the old version Ld. as the abbreviation for Limited is still there. This had fallen out of use by the 1920s for most companies.

Bury Stout