Further to the picture of the bottles found by an anonymous reader posted last weekend, reader Jim Fletcher sent me the above remarkable picture. It’s a bottle from the Roberts brewery, which was based at the Station Hotel. William Roberts was a hugely important character in Brownhills history, being a businessman, hotelier, brewer and philanthropist. Windows from the Roberts brewery can still be seen at a couple of local pubs. I’m really chuffed that this bottle survived. I wonder where it is now?
I found this picture on the net ages ago of a William Roberts bottle with his stream train logo on it. I think it came from a car boot sale in Cannock.
I also had this message from Brian Stringer, The Clayhanger Kid:
I’ve got a few bottles myself from this site, which has been ruined by a lot of bottles being thrown around and smashed, although I suppose some could have been damaged during the dig.
The one on the left [In the previously published picture] is a Pattersons of Glasgow camp coffee bottle. I have also got two different sizes of Daddies Favourite Sauce, and a Scotts Emulsion bottle.
I’d love to know the history of this site, because it’s so near to a main road and the bottles are lying in what seems like a soft slag heap and are so easy to dig out. I hope somebody can come up with more.
[Howmuch?] believes the site in question may have been a Victorian rubbish tip, which I guess makes sense. It certainly was a slag heap for a while, I think. If anyone has anything to add, please do drop me a line.