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A pair of Gold Medal Pale Ale labels from Reffell’s Bexley Brewery continue the theme of finding detail differences in relatively common labels. And that is a nice lead in to say that a number of new images have been added to Reffell’s Featured Brewery section. Follow Featured Brewery > England > South East> Reffell’s Bexley Brewery






It has been suggested to me by a number of followers that it would be a good idea to publish pairs of labels which are relatively common so that collectors are more aware of the differences and additional labels can be picked up for relatively small amounts of money. So here we go with two labels from Mitchell’s Central Brewery in Lancaster. The slight colour difference is one which doesn’t always come across in the images you seen on  screen, but it is not the important variation.


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