International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

J. W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

John Lees, was a well-known cotton manufacturer, owning mills across Manchester and in 1828, he sold it all. Taking his life in a new direction, he bought land at Middleton Junction and began to build what would become the Greengate Brewery. Registered in 1936 to acquire J. W. Lees & Co., & re-registered in 1955, still brewing independently.

J.W.Lees own website can be found HERE

A small selection of the labels produced by the company over the years can be found on this page, a more substantial selection can be found HERE and it will grow.

GB Pale Ale pre 1936

GB Pale Ale post 1936

Pale Ale 1940s

Golden Brew 1950s

Strong Ale 1950s

Archer Stout 1960s

Archer Stout 1970s

Harvest Ale 1986

Middleton Borough Centenary 1986

Cross Keys Rushcart 1990s