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Spring Meeting 28th April

Our Spring meeting will be on Saturday 28th April & once again will be held at The Brewery Tap, 80 Westgate, Peterborough PE1 2AA.

Oakham Brewery ales to enjoy and good food. A nice venue & less than 5 minutes from Peterborough rail station.

There will be a further auction of labels from the Des Clarke collection. More details nearer the time.

So please make a note on the calendar, in your diary or on the wall by the back door! Look forward to seeing you there!

London Meeting 27th January

As usual we will be holding our Winter meet at the Royal Oak, Tabard Street, London. Hopefully a good crowd will turn out to sample the excellent Harveys ales and to meet up with fellow collectors.

Of course we shall be having another auction of labels from the Des Clarke collection, images of the labels on offer appear below.


























How much did that cost? #15

Sadly the number of responses to the last post could easily be counted on the fingers of a person whose hands had been amputated. So I thought today needs to feature a label I have not seen before except on the cover of that wonderful publication ‘A Scrapbook of Greenall Whitley’. So I do know who issued it.. Here the penny is the deposit on the bottle. An early example of recycling. And my guess is that this label was issued before 1919.

Meeting Dates for 2018

Members Meeting: 12 noon,Saturday 27th January Venue: Royal Oak, 44 Tabard St, London SE1 4JU

Spring Meeting: Date TBA Venue: TBA

Committee Meeting: 12 noon, Saturday 12th May Venue: The Doric Arch, Euston Station, London

AGM: 12 noon Saturday 9th June Venue: Shepherd Neame Ltd, 17 Court St, Faversham ME13 7AX

LOTY Judging Meeting: Date TBA Venue: TBA

LOTY 35th Annual Charity Meeting: Date TBA Venue: TBA

It certainly cost 7d and I am guessing that would have got you a pint of Bitter Beer. But who brewed it? Surely someone recognises the design at the top and we know we have seen the motif at either side of 7d before, but where? It almost looks as though there should be a brewers name in a semi-circle round the top of the label that got missed off the printing.

How much did that cost? #13

A pair today from William Stones, Cannon Brewery in Sheffield. The Dinner Ale being the lower strength. What we would really like to know is; where there other labels in this series? There are labels with the same design without the 6d and 7d added, so is there a similar Nourishing Stout or Cannon Ale?

How much did that cost? #12

A trio of 6d beers today, all of which have a completely different design idea. There must have been a period when adding the cost of the beer became more common, although as far as I can tell it was a very small minority of brewers who adopted the practice. I am guessing that these three labels from different parts of the country were in use at around the same time.

Update to Mystery Labels #28

Thanks to John L for the information on Samuel Lord and here is some more. He also bottled at the former Commission Street Brewery in Bolton, which was owned by John Atkinson & Co. Ltd until it became part of Boardman’s United Breweries in 1898. This label from Watney, Combe, Reid & Co is probably from just before the outbreak of World War 1.

How much did that cost? #11

Still on the more expensive beers, today we offer a label from Constable & Sons of the Anchor Brewery in Littlehampton. To encourage contributions from fellow brewery historians, we are going to say very little about this label, except to comment that 1/6d seems a lot for a Mild Ale, it is after all more than 7p in today’s money.

Mystery Labels #28

Denis has sent in these two images. The Sparkling Dinner Ale is from the Whitefield Brewery and so predates the 1899 merger to form Whitefield Breweries Ltd. The stopper label doesn’t mention Whitefield, but the Whitefield Brewery was in Besses o’ th’ Barn which is  actually mentioned in wiki. Was there another brewery in Besses and where does Samuel Lord fit into the operation. Was he just a bottler in Bolton?

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