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This company was formed by the merger of Brackenbed Brewery, Halifax and Windmill Hill Brewery, Northowram in 1900 and bought the Albion Brewery, Warley in 1902. Acquired by Ramsden’s in 1919 and closed. We are assuming that at some time one of the breweries was renamed Warley Springs.

It is really amazing the labels you come across when you are not really looking for them. Charles Watkins owned the Imperial Brewery in Hereford and when he retired in 1898 he sold the brewery to the Tredegar Brewery Co, which registered in 1899 as the Tredegar & Hereford Brewery Co Ltd. Eventually to Cheltenham & Hereford Brewery Co Ltd, then West Country Breweries, then Whitbread.


I am not sure how this theme will go. I want no comments like ‘ Wrong again, I’ve heard of this one’ or ‘How about posting a label from a brewery I really haven’t heard of?’ I decided against adding ‘from towns you’ve never heard of’ because it might have been too restricting. All of this is because Denis sent in this image with the comment. I think people might like to see this. Too right they would.

A pair of labels here from the Coldstream Brewery in Border country. A difference I was unaware of until I received the images from one of our members (thanks Nick). We usually associate thinner or smaller labels with wartime restrictions on the amount of paper used, but this seems rather minimal.

For those who have not picked up on it yet, labels from the Kingsdown Brewery in Swindon have been added to our featured brewery section and are now corporate members. Here are a pair of Stout labels from soon after they established a bottling line in 1938. This is a slight change of emphasis from our usual posts of relatively common labels which may otherwise go unnoticed; I suspect both of these are quite scarce.

LOTY 2018

Label of the Year 2018 at Arkell’s delightful Brewery in Swindon proved once again that a determined effort by a small group of enthusiasts, with the support of a major brewer could raise a substantial amount of money for a local charity and recognise the excellent design of the labels which sustain our society. And it is a small group! We could not have done this without the work of Pete and Val who spend weeks constructing displays and sorting the labels into sets. A huge thank must go to them. We wouldn’t get the labels without the support of the brewers and members, Keith, Bernie and possibly others who tour the country collecting labels and those brewers who send us their latest designs. We raised £2000 for Swindon Hospice this year and thanks must also go to members of the Society, Graham, Michael, Keith. Nick and Edd the Brewer who donated labels and other brewery memorabilia, old and new for the Charity auction.

We must also thank the staff at Arkell’s for their hospitality, particularly Alex Arkell, who took us on the tour of the brewery and gave us the full story of the way the family had built today’s company. 

Finally, this year’s event celebrated a number of anniversaries. 60 years since the Society was formed, 175 years since Arkell’s Brewery was founded and we also learned that it is 80 years since the bottling line was installed at the brewery. Images of this year’s successful labels and photos from the day will appear very soon.

Last blog post before I set off for Swindon. Not only two completely different versions of the Nut Brown but both the pint, 82mm tall and half pint 68mm tall, labels for just one of the variations. You know what the question is: does anyone know if there is a half pint version of the label on the left?


LOTY 2018 at Arkells, Swindon next Friday

Following yesterday’s post, one of our members kindly donated some additional labels to the Charity Auction. Here they are. I can already tell there are labels of interest here.

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