Another ‘Mayfield mystery’ has been unearthed on site at Mayfield, as exploration of the historic 24-acre space continues.
An antique glass bottle branded ‘J&B’ has been discovered on site, still sealed and containing a mystery liquid. The bottle appears to be the product of Jewsbury & Brown – a drinks manufacturer that traded on Market Street and Ardwick Green in Manchester, between 1826 and 1964 when they merged with the Schweppes brand.
The bottle cap branded ‘Rileys’ is itself also of historical interest, with the chisel shaped design having been created in 1885 by Frederic George Riley, who created this ‘new and improved’ model of the vulcanite screw-neck style bottle stopper popular in the 1800s.
With the stopper intact and the bottle definitely full, the contents are still a mystery, although we know that Jewsbury & Brown manufactured both mineral waters and non-alcoholic cordials.
As the green glass of our antique find seems opaque when viewed in sunlight, it could be assumed it contains a dark coloured cordial, but having been discovered on the Mayfield site, which during the 1800’s was occupied by the historic Hoyle Printworks – could it in fact contain some of the iconic ‘Mayfield purple’ fabric dye that Thomas Hoyle was so famous for?
Can you help us solve another ‘Mayfield mystery’?
We had some brilliant responses to our call-out for clues about the original Mayfield station sign that we uncovered in the summer, so we’re keen to hear your views! Maybe you have a relative who remembers Jewsbury & Brown products? Maybe you worked at the manufacturing site yourself? Drop us a comment on our Facebook page and help us get to the bottom of our latest Mayfield mystery!