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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.


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

Another label I happened to notice on a well-known internet auction site to go with the one I have had in my collection for a number of years. Like the Carter, Milner & Bird label, this new one will be eventually be added to the featured brewery section. I have concentrated on the Yorkshire Breweries for a number of posts. Still a couple more to add, then I need suggestions as to where we focus next.


The requests to extend the Yorkshire series continue to land. So here are the pre-war and post-war variants of the Melbourne Brewery Ruby Ale. I used to think they had changed the entire range of beers after the war, but recently, I have come across the 1930s versions of this and the Gold Cup.

Leeds & Wakefield


As a direct response to the torrent of feedback we are getting about these posts, here  are two labels from Carter, Milner and Bird Ltd of the Hope Brewery, Sheffield. Not hard to see the difference I know, but I am sure many of you just like to know what there is out in the big, wide world. I shall probably add the additional label to the featured brewery section as well. How good is that???


Carter Milner Bird

After a valuable conversation with Paul, who seems to have a connection with a North West brewing family, it was suggested that Groves and Whitnall labels appear in our featured brewery section. I was beginning to despair that no-one would comment on our labels, or contribute to the website, so I will immediately respond to that request. As a starter here are two 1930s labels with a number of differences.

Groves and Whitnall


Two labels from Jas. Fox and Sons of the Isle of Axholme Brewery, Crowle near Doncaster. I didn’t know which of the two categories to put these in. To be honest I don’t think most of us would care, we would just be very pleased to have either in our collection. For the terminally sad, the larger is 89mm tall and the smaller is a bit less.


Fox Axholme