International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

Continuing our castles theme with a  difference. Two Castle Stout labels from James Hole of Newark featuring Newark Castle. I am sure this wont be the last from this brewer during January.

Castle Stout

Spot the difference # 91; John Richdale

We should really have thanked Nick for sending in a number of additional images to add to our featured brewery section. They will be added in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are a pair of India Pale Ale labels from John Richdale. Until I saw the images from Nick I was unaware of the variation on the left.

Richdale Spot the difference

I must admit I found it difficult to believe that after 30+ years collecting, I would find not one but two, previously unknown differences in Daniell’s of West Bergholt labels. Here are the pair of Light Dan Ale labels. I expect there are more of you who, like me, are looking through the ‘duplicates’ box to see if they have the others.

Daniell 2


At a meeting yesterday in the delightful confines of the Craven Arms in Birmingham, Adrian passed me a group of labels from Daniell’s of West Bergholt. Nothing of interest there then; until I noticed a couple of pairs that looked different. Here are the Dark Dan pair and I still do not have the one on the right.

Daniell 1


The colour difference is the first thing I noticed, then there is the fact that Barrett, who bottled a lot of Fuller’s Beers at the Tiptree off-licence, also had premises  at Westcliffe-on-Sea, a suburb of Southend, comparatively much farther away.

Fuller Kelvedon

I have been a bit busy. However, I felt I had to add this pair to the Spot the difference section. One of them I have had in my collection for a number of years, the other is a recent acquisition and I nearly missed it.  Do others get that buzz of excitement when labels like this turn up? It has highlighted a problem which will delight one or two of you. Which album does it go in, Lancashire or Staffordshire?


This pair shows a change in design following the acquisition by Greenall, Whitley and Co Ltd of Warrington. The label on the left includes the Burton on Trent address; Magee’s brewed there in the former Bell’s Brewery from 1902 to 1904. The one on the right dates from 1959 when Magee’s joined the Greenall Whitley group, whilst continuing to brew in Bolton. I do not believe that design lasted for 55 years! Perhaps there is another explanation.

Crown pair

One of a few tasters before we upload the Magee’s labels to the featured brewery section. Here are a pair of Strong Ale labels which were in use in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. I have no idea when they redesigned the label , perhaps someone does. It would appear to me that although the man in the one one on the left would appear to be earlier, the font seems to be later. Interesting!

Strong Ale pair