Whilst out on site trial pitting with an excavator last week we dug a perfectly preserved beer bottle out of the ground from about 1.5m bgl, intact with lid and a trace of beer within it. The bottle was buried within clay deposits that must have been re-worked at some time in the past.
An initial search on google (and our favourite local pub The Museum Vaults, ex Vaux PH; in the name of research only!) identifies that the bottle probably dates from the late 1800s, early 1900s, but we cannot work out why it has Middlesbrough on it, if anyone has a clue drop us a line!
Here are some pictures of the bottle we dug out of the ground in Spennymoor, and some pictures of the original brewery and drays that were once a regular sight on local roads.