Archive for the ‘Breweriana’ Category

MORLEY & CO, Pale Ale Brewery, Baldock Stoneware Flagon

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

I have seen in Bayles Auction catalogue for their sale at Nortonbury Farm, Nortonbury Lane, Letchworth SG6 1AN next Wednesday 28th November at 1.30pm that lot 54 is ” A rare stoneware flagon with narrow screw top, tap hole in the base and marked MORLEY & CO, Pale Ale Brewery, Baldock – (1898-1904).  I thought this might be of interest to collectors who are members of the BHS.  The auctioneer is Colin Bayles who can be contacted on 01763 281256  or by e-mail at:

I see in the Century of British Brewers under Baldock there is no mention of Morley & Co at the above address but Baldock Brewery Ltd is recorded as being there, having been registered in February 1898 and then having been acquired by Wells & Winch Ltd in 1904.  Whilst the dates tie up the names do not.



‘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.



Invitation to ABBC AGM at Windsor and Eton brewery

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The ABBC have kindly invited BHS members to join them at their forthcoming AGM –

Hi Jeff we are trying to attract members of other organisations connected with similar interests to ours to join us at meetings.
Our AGM is taking place at Windsor and Eton brewery on Saturday 24th September from 11am and we would like to invite members of BHS to join us.
cheers David Taylor

If you would like to go I would suggest dropping David a line at –

Exploring 20th Century London

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I have just received the following and thought it would be of interest to members



—– Forwarded Message —-
From: “Deboick, Sophia” <>


I’m writing to introduce you to a resource that your members may be interested in. The Exploring 20th Century London website makes 9000 objects from the Museum of London and 19 other London heritage institutions available for the public to view. We have a number of brewery history-related photographs, artefacts and oral history recordings on the site. Please do take a look:



If this is of interest, we’d be delighted to have the website included on your links page. Also, to coincide with CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival, we will be highlighting a number of our brewing-related items on our Twitter account and Facebook group next week (see addresses below), which may be of interest to your members.

Do let me know if you would like to know more about the project. Thanks for your time, and all best wishes,


Sophia Deboick
Project Assistant, Exploring 20th Century London
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London . EC2Y 5HN

Email: sdeboick at

Twitter: @Exploring20CLdn


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.