Archive for June, 2010

1958 price list – but which brewery?

Thursday, June 17th, 2010


Roger Corbett has asked if anyone knows which brewery produced the attached price list?

There are a number of clues with Stigo, Countryman and Crown brands.

Mansell’s Brewery

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Mike Peterson has received the following query – I list the chain so far to avoid the repeated exploration of dead ends. Needless to say if anyone has any inspiration do please let us know. Jeff


Do you have any beers for sale that would have been produced by Mansells?  I am also trying to find out if Mansells still exist, or whatever happened to the company.  Basically I am trying to track their history, but can’t seem to find anything on the Web.  Any suggestions?


Lynne Storry


Mike replied:

I have never heard of Mansells. Do you have any further information?


Hi Mike,

Mansells Brewery made Mansells Pale Ale, etc, and I believe they were either in Shropshire, Denbighshire or Birmingham.  I think it started up sometime in the mid to late 1800s, although beer was being brewed by them as long ago as the mid 1700s.  I have just been talking to someone who informed me that her late Father used to drink their beer.  My husband said that he remembers Mansells Brewery, but can’t remember any more.  Sorry, forgot to say that I am related to the Mansell family through my Mother, and we know that they had pubs through the 1800s into the 1900s.  Any help you could give me would be appreciated.



There is no record of Mansells in any book I have. Are you sure you have got the name right?

There is Mansfield Brewery in Mansfield, Marstons of Burton in Staffordshire, Ansells of Aston in Birmingham, and probably many others. There was a brewery called Murless in Wrexham, Denbighshire. However, I can say with reasonable certainty that Mansells didn’t exist.
Mike Peterson


Mansells have been mentioned to us by three different people, who do not know each other.  I said to them “do you mean Ansells in Birmingham” (I actually come from Birmingham) but they said no, there was definitely one called Mansells.  They all seemed to think that Shropshire rang a bell.  I really don’t know what to try next, but thank you very much for trying to help.


I have had one reply from a contact I have. He says;

The only Mansells I can find in the Friedrich index is –
John Mansell, 111 High Street, Marlborough, Wilts to 1887 and succeeded by Mrs Sarah Mansell finished in 1902.
This was the Royal Oak, a home brewed house. It was bought by Adams’ Marlborough Brewery, which ceased in 1917.


And I (Jeff) replied that I couldn’t find anything either, but added to observation:

I have just had a browse of the London Gazette – fascinating and you could spend days at it, but it will only pop instances (90 of them) of both words appearing on a page. As far as I can see you cannot search for the phrase, it just treats it as two words anywhere on the page. I only looked at the first 20 or so entries!


Lynne also sent in:

Hi Mike,

I found the following on a web site about the history of champagne:


French wine bottles at the time were not tough enough to withstand the pressure caused by carbon dioxide – a by-product of fermentation – and fermentation in a bottle would have caused the glass used at the time in France to shatter. But in England as early as 1630 a man named Sir Robert Mansell had developed a manufacturing process that incorporated iron and manganese into glass – resulting in very strong bottles. The second fact relates to bottle stoppers. In France glass, or wood wrapped in cloth, was employed to seal wine bottles. With such porous closures it would have been impossible to make a bottle fermented wine because the carbon dioxide would have blown them off. English wine bottles by contrast were sealed with cork – sourced from oak forests in Portugal (England’s oldest ally). Cork offered a much more effective seal.