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At the end of an enjoyable and fruitful decision making meeting at the Craven Arms, I had a glance through a couple of albums that had been donated to the Society. I have probably seen both these labels many times on their own, but it is only when someone mounts them side by side in an album that the difference was so obvious. And it not one of those small differences either.  I much prefer the design on the left and I suspect that the one on the right was issued first and quickly replaced by the one on the left.

Phipps 2


All the information from the ABBC indicated that there were two variations of Holts 1953 Coronation label. I have heard discussions at some time as to whether one of them was from 1937. Finally, after about 30 years, I now know there are two different colours, but are they both from 1953 or is one earlier?

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Thank you to Alan once again for providing more images to feature in this section; two Home Brewed labels from the brewery in Northgate, Newark. This is not a variation I have seen before, at least not both together. It looks to me like the one on the left is the earlier and the one on the right issued after the design of the trade mark was tidied up. Both from the 1930s I guess.


Warwick 4

Many thanks to Dale for sending in these images of Vallance’s Oatmeal Stout. Unlike most of the labels in this series, these two appear to be a colour variation rather than a different printing plate. Of course I may be wrong. And its a chance to plug the addition of Vallance’s labels to our featured brewery section.


Two lovely examples from Bentley’s Yorkshire Breweries. One of these can be found in many collections, but I am less certain about the other. I am also fairly sure that there will be  a number of collectors who will be checking to see  which one they have. The BYB labels in our featured brewery section have been updated as well.


A big thank you to Alan for sending in this pair from the Cannon Brewery of William Stones in Sheffield.  Some subtle differences here, but easily enough to warrant inclusion. And I was not aware that the two of them were in existence. .


It was very good to get a couple of comments to the website, and I have also had some excellent feedback at recent meetings. And taking on the comment from ‘Fascinated’, (who is that man?’), here are two Old Bob labels from Ridleys of Chelmsford. You would miss them if you didn’t know.


I am grateful to Bill for this pair of labels from the Wrekin Brewery. Some of the differences I have seen before on other Wrekin labels, but I was not aware of the additional full stops (or lack of them). Hopefully, other collectors will send in their examples for this section, that’s two in a row where I have learned something new.

Wrekin 2

While I was sorting the images for the weekend’s giant upload, I came across these two from the Workington Brewery. I think this will be another one that collectors will comment about, although not necessarily on the site. These are the smaller 64mm labels destined for half pint bottles. I don’t know whether there were similar differences on the pint label.

Workington Workington - Old Ale v2

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