Victorian beer bottle found in Eastbourne garden

Rory Hutchinson with the Victorian beer bottle which he and a friend found in a garden at the weekend

Rory Hutchinson with the Victorian beer bottle which he and a friend found in a garden at the weekend

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WHAT is thought to be a Victorian beer bottle has been unearthed by an Eastbourne gardener.

The Stollery and Smyth bottle was dug up by 22-year-old Rory Hutchinson.

Rory was working in a garden in the Old Town area behind Motcombe Gardens when he came across two heavy duty glass bottles, which have a marble ball-bearing in the top.

The two bottles were buried under concrete and were both side by side, leading Rory and his friend to believe they had been buried on purpose.

As he picked up the bottles, a small amount of beer ran out on to his hand.

Rory said, “There was lots of broken glass and clay rubble.

“There was a clay beer bottle with a blue label on it but that was broken.

“I was breaking up the concrete with an iron bar and I jabbed the bottle.

“I was lucky it didn’t break really.”

Rory says the bottles were found at the back of a Victorian property and he thinks they may come from the same era.

He said, “I don’t know anything about them but they are very interesting.

“I don’t know if they are worth any money but I plan to keep it.”

The other bottle is with Rory’s friend who was working with him on the day.

The writing on the bottle is hard to make out in places.

However, there is a crest in the middle with the words ‘registered beer and trademark’ written around it and ‘Stollery and Smyth, Eastbourne’ written in the outer circle.

There is no date visible on the bottle.

Anyone who has information about the history of the bottle and the brewery is asked to email reporter Juliet Perry at juliet.perry@trbeckett.co.uk or call 414484.