FOR a century and a half, the family breweries which peppered Stroud, supplied the Cotswolds with a variety of ales.
The last such brewery closed in 1967 but echoes of Stroud's
happy history were in evidence at Wotton-Under-Edge back on
December 30 at Wotton Auction Rooms (15% buyer's premium).
On offer were a large pair of enamelled Godsell & Sons signs,
one pictured right, which had been dug up by the vendor during
They would almost certainly have hung on the walls of Arlingham's
Red Lion pub, part of which originally stood on the building
The signs may have been discarded when the Godsell & Sons
brewery was taken over in 1928 by The Stroud Brewery, but the 5ft x
3ft 4in (1.52m x 1.02m) early 20th century signs were in good
condition. They sold to a representative of the Godsell family at
The 1660-lot sale had a number of pieces of interest to specialist
collectors including the day's top seller - a size 12 Tête Jumeau
bébé with a jointed body, blue sprigged dress and straw hat which
Among the ceramics, a pair of 18th century tinglazed earthenware
drug jars, 11in (29cm) tall labelled Diascordium and U.Rosatum,
Also contributing to the £130,000 total was a clockwork model of
the GWR loco City of Bath, which made £460.
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