Archive for September, 2012

Radio programme : What’s the Point of – Pubs

Monday, September 24th, 2012

 We have been sent the following link to an interesting discussion on pubs…_Series_4_Pubs/

A badge query

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

We have received the following image of a badge from Robert Humphreys and he wonders if anyone knows what it relates to? (Sorry – it won’t load the image at the moment, but it’s a pair of crossed malt shovels with a horn beneath, on a blue background. There is an armoured helmet above, with sheaves of barley)

New Hertford Brewery museum / exhibition

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012


Val Bott has sent us the following about a new museum-

Hertford shoppers have a new Sainsbury’s, and with it comes a small museum exhibition about the Hertford Brewery and the McMullen family. Wandering into the store, you can see straight away that Sainsbury’s have taken seriously the planning requirement that they should interpret the history of the Brewery. The store designer team commissioned high quality line drawings of a number of local landmarks – including several with McMullen connections – and these have become a fine mural in the entrance atrium.

The store occupies the site of the 1980s lager building. With it they had to buy the 1891 tower brewery alongside. They have restored the structure beautifully – the lease is now on offer for conversion into apartments of workspaces or both. The new museum is in the ground floor of the Copper House, with access just to this part of the old building via the smart little café in the store. It has been greeted enthusiastically by supermarket customers.

The museum exhibition houses the smallest of the fermentation vessels rescued from the brewery building, elegant graphics, a number of items on open display and a huge showcase of objects lent by the McMullens from their company archive. A small case provides the modern Hertford Brewery with a chance to promote its seasonal beers.

Worth a visit if you are in the area – and the opening hours are the longest of any museum as they match those of the store.

Roger Marples

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

I was very saddened to hear that Roger has passed away. Although not a BHS member he was well known to many and was very active and much respected in his corner of Kent. We send our condolences to his wife Pauline, his family and many friends.

GENTLEMAN:  CAMRA stalwart Roger Marples died on August 28