130-year-old bottles found unscathed on Hereford construction site

Hereford Times: The bottles in their new home as part of an exhibition at the Hereford Cider Museum. The bottles in their new home as part of an exhibition at the Hereford Cider Museum.

ANTIQUE glass bottles – some more than 100 years old ¬– that were recovered from the Old Market construction site are now sitting pride of place in the Hereford Cider Museum.

The seven bottles currently being displayed as part of the museum’s new gin exhibition miraculously escaped the recent construction work unbroken.

They were saved by developers and put on show in their office, then, with the project coming to an end, the bottles were donated to the museum, where manager Margaret Thompson was able to date them accurately, from the oldest, made in 1880, to the most recent, made around 1920.

They fit well within the gin exhibition, Ms Thompson said, as at the time glass was costly and bottles like these were often reused to store distilled gin.

And alongside the city’s famed history of cider production, Hereford was also once well-known for its gin, thanks to cider maker and local distiller William Pullen.

Ms Thompson said: “We are delighted to be able to exhibit the bottles.

“It was an excellent find on the development site, and a welcome addition to our exhibition.

“In that era gin was consumed in large, large quantities and this type of bottle would have been used to hold it.”

For more information on the Cider Museum, and on how you can visit the gin exhibition, click on www.cidermuseum.co.uk .

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9:13am Wed 7 May 14

mizza21 says...

That one in the middle with the red label doesn't look very old?
That one in the middle with the red label doesn't look very old? mizza21
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11:55am Wed 7 May 14

Herefordian07 says...

Makes me wonder what else they found and have kept hidden, wouldn't want to find anything of historical interest that might hold up the development would we?!
Makes me wonder what else they found and have kept hidden, wouldn't want to find anything of historical interest that might hold up the development would we?! Herefordian07
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12:41pm Thu 8 May 14

fordshire77 says...

Your absolutely right Herefordian07, some years ago I was talking to an old builder and he said that during the 1990s a housing estate that was being built in Hereford and they found some really interesting very old pottery took it to the foreman who told them the site had been checked before any building had started and deemed by the council the site of no historical interest, so what every they found would be of no interest to anyone and were told they had dead line to keep too, like to think this may have been a one off but sadly I guess this happens all over the country.
Your absolutely right Herefordian07, some years ago I was talking to an old builder and he said that during the 1990s a housing estate that was being built in Hereford and they found some really interesting very old pottery took it to the foreman who told them the site had been checked before any building had started and deemed by the council the site of no historical interest, so what every they found would be of no interest to anyone and were told they had dead line to keep too, like to think this may have been a one off but sadly I guess this happens all over the country. fordshire77
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