Ever fancied owning a slice of brewing history? Then this Auction is just the thing for you. Run by CAMRA volunteers, the National Breweriana Auction returns to Burton on Trent’s Town Hall to celebrate its 34th event on Saturday 19 October.

It again promises over 150 interesting auction lots; everything from mirrors to trays; wall signs, bottles and books. Plus there are a number of stands selling brewery memorabilia adding to the atmosphere in this wonderful Victorian venue.

There are all sorts of items from all over the country to decorate your home. Starting in the North, we have adverts from Dutton’s Blackburn Brewery(1799-1978) and Samuel Smith of Tadcaster.

Moving on to local items from Burton, there is a stunning mirror and two figurines from Worthington, who started brewing in 1761. There is an Allsopp’s match striker, who merged with Ind Coope in 1934 and we have a pretty little blue and white jug from this brewery which can trace its origins from 1708 in Romford but started brewing in Burton in 1856.

Not far away, from Shropshire, is a jug from the ‘Famous Wrekin Brewery, founded in 1870 and closed by Greenall Whitely in 1969. We also have a Hole’s Newark Ales” booklet, which, we believe dates from mid-1930s. Across to East Anglia and an advert for Suffolk’s Tolly Cobbold Cobnut Brown Ale , who ceased brewing in 2002.

Moving south there is an old Charrington’s toby jug and an advert for Mackeson Stout, which probably would not be allowed these days. The history of the Mackeson brand dates from Kent 1801.

“If you have never been to the National Breweriana Auction before, the auction is great fun to take part in and is an opportunity to get some great bargains plus many of the items on sale can appreciate in value,” said organiser Bill Austin.

And, of course, like any CAMRA event, there is some good beer on sale all day (from a local brewery).

The event starts at 10.30am with the opportunity to view the lots and browse the breweriana stands that will also be there. Bidding starts at noon and is normally finished by 3pm, giving a chance to have a final perusal of the stands before visiting some of Burton’s iconic pubs and heading home.

Entrance is by catalogue (£3.00), available on the day, or £4.00 (includes postage) in advance, by post from Bill Austin: 07789 900411 or baustin1951@btinternet.com. If you can’t get there, postal bids are accepted, just contact Bill. Wheelchair accessible. For more details see: www.gandc.camra.org.uk. Wheelchair accessible.

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