International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

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.

Gilmour 3

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.

Leicester B&M Spot

Still on a mission to remedy the lack of examples of labels from Sussex. Here are a pair from Tamplin and Sons Ltd, the Brighton brewers. In previous discussions with knowledgeable brewery researchers it was felt that differences like this were used to identify different printers for quality control purposes.


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