Mystery Label #26

Keith has provided this image, which he would welcome your thoughts upon.

Now he has a theory regarding this label, but before we share this, would you let us know what you know or suspect.


As we now have some input (thank you guys), we have added another 2 images, which may help to confirm (or not) Keith’s theory which, goes like this.

I am wondering whether the Chapman’s label is in fact Chapman & Co. of the Black Lion Brewery, Brighton?

They ceased around the turn of the 20th century and business was bought by the Rock Brewery, Brighton. However, the premises were sold to Fremlins in 1914 and used by them as a bottling store.  Did they unearth the recipe for English Ale whilst in occupation?


  • Eric Dore

    How about Chapmans Tower Brewery Worthing or is that too obvious?

  • Edd Mather

    Chapman’s Black Lion Brewery, Brighton would be my guess !!

  • Steve Baker

    Don’t think it’s Chapmans of Worthing. My suggestion would be a bottler for Fremlins as the label looks very similar to one of their label designs

  • Edd Mather

    Hi , I’ll have to dig in the notebooks, but I’m sure there’s some brewing data out there for Chapman’s Black Lion Brewery, also, I believe that A C(Chaston) Chapman , author of a book (technical) on brewing Ca 1912 was related to the owning family ; The book was reprinted by Cambridge University Press Can 2012 ?? .

  • Guy Sankey

    Would love to see a pictorial history of this label, A bit like my request for similar on the Kelsey/Flowers etc Dragons Blood Label

  • Bailey

    Late to the party, and noone may see this reply!!. But here goes.. Any other brewery, and I wouldn’t have a clue!.
    The top Chapman label is 100% as Eric believed, Tower Brewery, Worthing. The tiny writing at the very base of the label reads Denison Bros Bradford, which I assume is the printer, responsible for both the Chapman and Fremlins labels, hence the similarities. I worked on the Tower Brewery refurb, back in 2003 and found some old ledgers containing labels, documents etc that were given to the boss, whom I think passed them on to Worthing museum. The place was near derelict and whilst ripping out floorboards we found a few more assorted labels, Chapmans, H Chapman and E. Adams and some old bills, delivery notes etc froom the 1920s, which I kept cos I find that sort of stuff interesting, sadly, I imagine, anything else went in the skip. So anyway, I rediscovered them the other day, and thought I’d look into them, (There’s very little out there!) thus here I am.!
    Hence my zero knowledge about anything other than the your mystery label and a few others!. Hope that helps.
    PS. Guy mentions a pictorial history of this label. I don’t really know what that means, but as well as the one above I have an H Chapman English Ale Label in Green, which is very different but produced by the same Denison Bros, No idea if that helps lol!.

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