(Shelvey & Eiffel Tower Bottles found in the Copse)
At one of our recent Workdays we uncovered a number of interesting glass bottles. One being a Shelvey Mineral Water Bottle. Shelvey Manufactury, as it was once known, produced soda and mineral water in Brighton from 1882 to 1931, and was ranked the second largest in the country.
In their early years they were located in German Place, Brighton. (The street had its name changed during the 1914 war to Maderia Place). The building still exists almost unchanged. Shelvey's were later located at Paston Works, St Georges Road, Paston Place.
The second is a small glass bottle with the words Eiffel Tower Lemonade embossed into the front and Foster Clark Ltd Maidstone onto the back. It had either a cord stopper or a bottle cap by looking at the neck of the bottle.
(Foster Clark Ltd. was the drinks company in Maidstone, Kent that produced this drink. Eiffel Tower Lemonade bottles contained crystals that could be mixed with water to make a drink or as a food additive to make things like lemon meringue pie. Foster Clarks were trading from 1891 to 1965).
It is thought that the bottles might have been left by the workers building houses in the area at that time.
At the April Workday we carried out some clearance work around the Silver Birches and put in the last of the wild flower seeds, removed some more old wire on the middle path, and carried out some work on clearing the hardcore path that runs down to Goldstone Crescent.
Future Dates for Your Diary
The Friends Group will meet up again for our Mid-summer Work Session - Saturday 4 July 2015. The work session will be followed by our usual summer barbecue & picnic. The work day starts at 10.00am until 2.00pm, gathering at the bench at the bottom of the green slope, just in front of the grove of Silver Birches.
(The Autumn Work Session will be held on Saturday 26th September 2015 - 10.00am to 1.00pm).
If you would like to help, or meet the volunteers, please put the dates in your diary. We hope to see you soon.
Further details on our group can be seen via:-
Or Helen our new Membership Secretary