MAIDSTONE

W. Bodkin, 112 Week Street, Maidstone

William Bodkin, previously a baker and landlord of the Ten Bells public house, opened a Mineral Water factory in Earl Street in 1878, before moving to Week Street in 1882.The business closed in 1910.

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Label: W. BODKINíS MAIDSTONE BREWED GINGER BEER

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Colour: Salt-glazed, black print
Makerís mark: FULHAM POTTERY CO LONDON (printed below label)

Label: BODKINíS MAIDSTONE CELEBRATED HOME BREWED

Height: 20.2 cm
Closure: Screw-top
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown, bottom (below shoulder) plain, black print
Makerís mark: STIFF G LAMBETH

John Fairburn, 42 Dover Street, Maidstone

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Label: HOME BREWED J. FAIRBURN DOVER STREET MAIDSTONE GINGER BEER

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Colour: Plain, black print
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Label: HOME BREWED J. FAIRBURN MAIDSTONE GINGER BEER

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Colour: Plain, black print
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Label: J. FAIRBURN MAIDSTONE HOME BREWED GINGER BEER MADE FROM THE FINEST JAMAICA GINGER AND BOILED WATER

Height: 16.7 cm
Closure: Screw-top
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown, bottom (below shoulder) plain, black print
Makerís mark: BOURNE 5 DENBY

Label: FAIRBURNíS HOME BREWED GINGER BEER MAIDSTONE MADE FROM THE FINEST JAMAICA GINGER AND BOILED WATER

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Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown, bottom (below shoulder) plain, black print
Makerís mark:

 

W. Hayward, 43 Milton Road, Maidstone

Walter Hayward began the manufacture of mineral waters at premises in Milton Road circa 1899.The business was taken over by his wife in 1927 and operated from the same site until 1960, when the firm amalgamated with Pope & Son to form Pope & Hayward and then moved to their premises in Staplehurst.

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Label: W. HAYWARD MAIDSTONE HOME BREWED PURE GINGER BEER

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Colour: Plain; black print.
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Label: W. HAYWARD MAIDSTONE HOME BREWED PURE GINGER BEER

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Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
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Label: W. HAYWARD MAIDSTONE PURE HOME BREWED GINGER BEER (known with three different lettering styles, two of them with seriffed characters, one with sans-serif)

Height: 20.6 cm
Closure: Screw-top
Colour: Plain; black print.
Makerís mark: (1)  S.KEY 5 TAMWORTH (2) None

Label: HAYWARDíS MAIDSTONE PURE HOME BREWED GINGER

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Colour: Plain; black print.
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D.T.J. Lyle & Sons, Ltd., 91 King Street, Maidstone

The business was founded by Daniel Thomas James Lyle (1852-1924).The Lyle family in general owned other businesses for the manufacture of drinks, including Ashford and Tunbridge Wells in Kent and also at Redhill in Surrey. Kent. 

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Basically there are four different layouts for the label, with different bottle shapes known for each.They are shown below in what is believed to be the approximate order in which they were used.

 

Label: Scroll with LYLEíS UNRIVALLED BREWED GINGER BEER Please Replace Stopper and Return when Empty

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Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: 

NB.The above (not illustrated) is assumed to be Maidstone but may belong to a Lyle company located elsewhere (possibly Ashford or Tunbridge Wells).

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Label: PLEASE REPLACE STOPPER AND RETURN WHEN EMPTY D.T.J.LYLE UNRIVALLED BREWED GINGER BEER MAIDSTONE

Height: 17.0 cm
Closure: Screw-topped
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: BOURNE & CO PATENTED DENBY POTTERY NEAR DERBY (some details unclear)

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Label: UNRIVALLED BREWED GINGER BEER D.T.J.LYLE MAIDSTONE REPLACE STOPPER

Height: 17.0 cm
Closure: Screw-topped
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: BOURNE DENBY

Label: LYLE (impressed on neck) UNRIVALLED BREWED GINGER BEER D.T.J.LYLE MAIDSTONE REPLACE STOPPER

Height: 17.2 cm
Closure: Screw -top
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: None

Label: LYLE (on neck Ė seriffed lettering) UNRIVALLED BREWED GINGER BEER D.T.J.LYLE MAIDSTONE REPLACE STOPPER

Height: 20.3 cm
Closure: Screw-topped (stopper marked LYLE)
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: BOURNE 06 DENBY

Label: LYLE (on neck Ė sans serif lettering) UNRIVALLED BREWED GINGER BEER D.T.J.LYLE MAIDSTONE REPLACE STOPPER

Height: 19.7 cm
Closure: Screw-topped (stopper marked LYLE)
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: (1) BOURNE 07 DENBY(2) BOURNE 11 DENBY

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Label: LYLE (on neck and on bottom of bottle) UNRIVALLED BREWED GINGER BEER D.T.J.LYLE MAIDSTONE STROOD & CRAYFORD

Height: 20.3 cm
Closure: Screw-top
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: BOURNE 25 DENBY

Label: LYLE (on shoulder of neck and on bottom of bottle) UNRIVALLED BREWED GINGER BEER D.T.J.LYLE MAIDSTONE STROOD & CRAYFORD

Height: 21.1cm
Closure: Swing top
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: BOURNE 15 DENBY (=1915) (also 16)

 

Maskell & Son, 5 St. Peter Street, Westborough, Maidstone (from 1903 at 3 St. Peter Street)

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Label: MASKELL MAIDSTONE M & S REGISTERED TRADE MARK (shield with lion in the top section, above M&S between three large black dots)
NB.There are at least three variations in the size and thickness of the lettering)

Height: 16.3 cm
Closure: Cork
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: None

Label: MASKELL MAIDSTONE M & S REGISTERED TRADE MARK (shield with lion above M&S between three large circles)(no shading on the shield, no branches by the side ribbons)

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Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
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The Priory Mineral Water Co. Ltd., 21 Knightrider Street, Maidstone

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Label: THE PRIORY MINERAL WATER CO. LD. Maidstone

Height: 17.3 cm
Closure: Screw-top
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print
Makerís mark: None

Samuel Roberts, 75 Upper Fant Road, Maidstone

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Label: S. ROBERTS 75 Upper Fant Rd MAIDSTONE

Height: 17.0 cm
Closure:Screw-top
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: [...........] Co 16 [..........]

A.E. Rowcroft, 66 Week Street, Maidstone

Albert Edward Rowcroft began as a chemist in Week Street.He manufactured his special Lemon Brewed Ginger Beer from 1903 to 1909.
Labels on bottles for the Temperance Beer Company (see below) are almost identical in wording and layout except for the name.

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Label:LEMON BREWED GINGER BEER PREMIER QUALITY A. E. ROWCROFT MAIDSTONE

Height: 17.1 cm
Closure: Screw-top
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: BOURNE 0 DENBY

Style & Winch Ltd. Medway Brewery, Maidstone

The Medway Brewery was acquired by A. Style in 1889 and ten years later he formed a partnership with E. Winch, trading as Style & Winch.Although a brewery they also manufactured mineral waters, including ginger beer.The company had several branch stores and acquired several other small breweries throughout Kent.It continued in business until 1964 before being taken over by Courage.The brewery closed down in 1971.

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Label: STYLE & WINCH LIMITED MAIDSTONE TRADE MARK (with glass and pitcher)

Height: 21.1 cm
Closure: Crown cap
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark:  SKEY 3 TAMWORTH

Label: STYLE & WINCH LIMITED MAIDSTONE TRADE MARK (with glass and pitcher)

Height: 18.3 cm
Closure: Crown cap
Colour: Neck dark brown; bottom (below neck) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: DOULTON& Co LTD 10 [LAMBETH?]

Label: STYLE & WINCH LIMITED MAIDSTONE

Height: 17.6 cm
Closure: Screw-top
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print.
Makerís mark: PRICE 16 BRISTOL (= 1916)

Temperance Beer Company, Maidstone

Labels on bottles for the A. E. Rowcroft (see above) are almost identical in wording and layout except for the name.

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Label:LEMON BREWED GINGER BEER PREMIER QUALITY FOR THE TEMPERANCE BEER COMPY LIMITED MAIDSTONE

Height: 17.4 cm
Closure: Screw-top
Colour: Top (above shoulder) yellow-brown; bottom (below shoulder) plain; black print
Makerís mark: BARNETT & FOSTER LONDON

Last updated 23 June 2016

 

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