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Tonbridge Ginger Beer Bottles

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One of the earliest references locally for Tunbridge Ginger Beer can be found in the Woodgate Family Papers of Somerhill in a letter dated 1826. This is mentioned in A. H. NEVE, S book  “The Tonbridge of Yesterday”.

The recipe reads as follows:

 

“Take 2 oz. cream of tarter, add 1 oz. of ginger, bruised, 1 ld of sugar and 1 lemon juice and peel, pour on them 4 quarts of boiling water. When at a proper heat, add two spoonful of yeast. When cold, strain it, bottle it in ½ -pint stone bottles and tie the corks down and it will be ready to drink in twelve hours. 

 

 

 

TONBRIDGE GINGER BEER BOTTLES 

 

B Mineral Water Co. J. S Horsley & co. brown saltglazed impressed

B Mineral Water Co. H. B Nicholl. brown saltglazed round diesign

B Mineral Water Co. H. B Nicholl. black glass imbossed. 

c 1887 -1893

 c 1893 - 1901

  c 1893 - 1901

73A High Street Masonic Buildings

 

H.Davies two tone  imbossed. 

Fysons. two-tone round design

Fysons "Works". two-tone round design

Unrecorded 

  c 1893 - 1901

  c 1893 - 1901

Lavender Hill

Store outlet Hadlow Road next to Mitre Public house  

 

Follett, W. brown saltglazed impressed Tonbridge

 Young, G brown saltglazed impressed 

Young, G white saltglazed impressed

c 1892 -1895

c 1889 - 1896

c 1889 - 1896  

29 Lodge Road ( Grocer ) 

 Proprietor Staggs Head Inn Houselands 

 

 
 

 Griffin Woodcock & Co Ltd. Honey and White oval design also impressed  

73A High Street Masonic Buildings

c 1901 - 1908

      
 

J Woodward Proprietor Staggs Head Inn Houselands Only far left bottle has the words Tonbridge Impressed on the shoulder.   

c 1896 - 1901

     

 

 John Evendon Paper Label Chemist   1840 - 1850

George Payne White impressed

 C R Ware Staggs head

 

 Castle Hotel  1890

 1891 - 1895

 

 

 

 

What Is Porter

Porter was the staple drink of Britain until the beginning of the 20th century. Originally porter was a mixture of old stale ale and new fresh beer, which gave porter its sour lactic flavour.

This method of production is only rarely used these days, but there are some brews that still have old stale ale mixed in.

 Porter is bitter and deep brown, not really black. It is more aromatic and while malty, is more quenching.

It is more like a bitter but darker and heavier

 

Note Tunbridge ( TUN )

 


Smith & Son - Porter Merchant & Family Grocers  white saltglazed impressed Large & Small 1839

 

 

Caleb Moore was recorded trading as a Grocer at 91 high street in 1890 until 1903 when his address changed to 117 High Street as can be see in the picture above where he continude as a Grocer until 1910. he manufactured his Ginger beer in the store but production only stayed within the town   

 

 

 

 

 

 148 high street

 

 

1894 - 1899 

 

 
   

 1893 -1912

1893 - 1912 

 1892

 

 

 

 
 

 Laberts Yard High Street

Lambert Yard High Street  

 

c 1907 

c 1907 

 

 

 UGP Denotes underglaze printed, often called transfer printed

 NM Denotes no pottery mark.  CK Denotes a cork closure. ISC Denotes internal screw stopper

Rarity Rating - Key Rough Guide

A commonly found.   B fairly common.   C not often found.

D scarce.   E only a few example known.  F Only example known.

 

LIST OF TONBRIDGE GINGER BEER BOTTLES

ClosureType

potters Mark

Rarity Guide

B Mineral Water Co. J. S Horsley & co. brown saltglazed impressed

CK

NM

c

B Mineral Water Co. H. B Nicholl. brown saltglazed round diesign.

UGP/CK

NM

C

B Mineral Water Co. H. B Nicholl. black glass imbossed.

CK

NM

C

Davies ( Lavender Hill)

CK

NM

F

Follett, W. brown saltglazed impressed

CK

Smith & Co

C

Fysons. two-tone round design

CK

Price

C

Fysons "Works". two-tone round design

UGP/CK

Price

D

Griffin Woodcock & Co Ltd. Honey oval design

UGP/CK

Price

B

Griffin Woodcock & Co Ltd off -white oval design

UGP/ISC

Price

A

Griffin Woodcock & Co Ltd brown saltglazed impressed

CK

NM

A

Moore, C brown saltglazed impressed

CK

 

C

Payne, C white saltglazed impressed

CK

 

C

Swan, S. J two-tone round design

UGP/ISC

Price

C

Smith & Son - Porter Merchant white saltglazed impressed 'large'

CK

NM

E

Smith & Son - Porter Merchant white saltglazed impressed 'small'

CK

NM

E

Ware, C brown saltglazed impressed

CK

NM

D

Warwick, S brown saltglazed impressed

CK

NM

E

Warwick, S white saltglazed impressed

CK

NM

F

Woodward, J. J brown saltglazed impressed Stags Head Tonbridge

CK

Doulton

D

Woodward, J. J brown saltglazed impressed Stags Head on neck

CK

Doulton

C

Woodward, J. J brown saltglazed impressed Stags Head Shoulder

CK

Doulton

C

Young, G brown saltglazed impressed

CK

NM

D

Young, G white saltglazed impressed

CK

NM

D

       
  LIST OF HADLOW GINGER BEER BOTTLES

 ClosureType

 potters Mark

 Rarity Guide