Historic lemonade bottle discovered

Tue 7 April 2020, 6:47 pm

Eagle-eyed excavators discovered a piece of Barking’s history in the shape of a 100-year-old R. White’s bottle, unearthed as they laid the ground work for 95 new council-owned homes.

The Doulton Lambeth Salt glazed pottery bottle was spotted among the soil on the Upney Lane site in Barking by Rob Finbow, site manager for contractors Jerram Falkus. He said: “We were surprised to find it in such good condition – it’s certainly captured the interest of our team in the local area’s history.”

The bottle, which is inscribed with the brand name R. Whites, is believed to have been produced locally at the lemonade firm’s factory in Barking town centre. The factory was in existence for many years before, in 1972, closing down when production moved to Beckton.

The bottle will be preserved by Be First‘s heritage engagement manager, Simone Panayi, who will be using it in the work she does with schools to explore local history. 

She said: “I am really excited by the find, it’s a really important part of Barking’s industrial heritage, so I’m so pleased that Jerram Falkus have donated it to us.”

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