Archive for June, 2012

Film – Roll out the Barrel

Sunday, June 17th, 2012


for a review and sample of the new BFI collection of short films about the pub

Olympic brewery

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

torch-relay-newcastle-lfp.JPGHere’s the Olympic flame passing through Newcastle upon Tyne on 15 June 2012, in front of the former Deuchar’s Brewery. Wonder how many old and current breweries the Torch Relay route passes in all?

Mann’s Dray in Bristol

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Thanks to Carol Beer, who has sent the attached image, which was taken in Bristol in the late 1960s

Mann’s Dray in Bristol

‘Bellhopper Hull’ stone bottle

Monday, June 11th, 2012

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We have had the following query. Any suggestions appreciated-

This bottle was among material excavated by our Dept’s Archaeology Unit at a site in Selby, Yorks. It’s probably late 19th /early 20th century in date, but I can’t find any references to the ‘Bellhopper Hull’  stamped on it. I am assuming at the moment that it was produced by the Hull Brewery Co. Any suggestions gratefully received.

Best wishes,

Jennifer Jones,Conservation Service, Department of Archaeolog, Durham Universit, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE Tel 0191 334 1139 (

Thermometer by W E Johnson & Co Liverpool est 1869

Monday, June 11th, 2012

We have the following query from:

Kevin Murgatroy,Box 321 GORDONVALE QLD,AUSTRALIA 4865(

Any ideas would be welcome – I have sugegsted contacting the Guinness Archives

I have a large spirit thermometer that belonged to my grandfather (died 1949) which was issued by W E Johnson & Co Liverpool est 1869. According to to the thermometer they made and bottled Compass Brand Guinnness’ Stout and Bass’ Ale.

I would be extremely grateful if you could provide me with any information about this company and/or when this thermometer would have been issued.



Burton Talk on the Regeneration of Brewery Buildings

Monday, June 11th, 2012

We have had the following message from the Burton Civic Society

You may well be aware the the speaker is a BHS member who spoke at our SHIER conference last year.

Malcolm James was awarded the Harold Samuel Prize for the Best Dissertation in July 2006 on “Brewery Buildings of Burton on Trent” as part of his RICS Postgraduate Diploma on Conservation of the Historic Environment.  His talk will reflect the culmination of his subsequent 6 years of research into the use and re-use of brewery buildings.

I wonder if this talk would be of interest to members of your society in the local area?

It takes place at about 8 p.m. on Wed 27th June at the Worthington Suite of the National Brewery Centre, after the Burton Civic Society AGM.

Its our Golden Jubilee Year (1962 – 2012) and we’re hoping to get a good crowd.  We also have some specially brewed beer from the Burton Bridge Brewery to give away in exchange for a donation.