National Breweriana Auction

CAMRA's 32nd National Breweriana Auction

Saturday 21st October 2017

Ever fancied owning a slice of brewing history? Then this Auction is just the thing for you. Run by the Campaign for Real Ale, the National Breweriana Auction returns to Burton on Trent’s Town Hall to celebrate its 32nd birthday on Saturday 21st October. It again promises over 150 interesting auction lots; everything from mirrors to trays; wall signs, bottles and books. Plus there are a number of stands selling brewery memorabilia adding to the atmosphere in this wonderful Victorian venue.

The 2016 catalogue is available here: National Breweriana catalogue 2016.

Photos of some of the lots can be downloaded: pictures, Pictures 1, Pictures 2.

There are all sorts of items to decorate your home, many from the Midlands. There is a splendid 1937 coronation jug from Offiler's, a company that brewed in Derby for around 90 years, finally closing in 1966. Two items from Leicester are also on the list: a Hoskin's pumpclip, which brewed for nearly a century before being closed in 2000; and a sign from the Midlands Club Brewery. This brewery, set up in 1921, was originally known as the Northants & Leicestershire Clubs Co-Operative Brewery; it closed in 1969. Another rare item is a tray branded Warwicks' Ales, from Newark’s Warwicks and Richardsons brewery. The town’s earliest brewing site, dating back to around1766, Richard Warwick bought the brewery in 1856. It was purchased by John Smiths in 1962 and closed four years later. And who could resist the clock from the Home brewery of Daybrook, Nottingham, which was founded in 1895 and closed by Scottish & Newcastle in 1996 (although the Home Ales brand was resurrected last year)?

Needless to say, there are plenty of items from Burton on Trent breweries including Ind Coope and Worthington, and from London. Amongst the items from the Capital are a little pirate from Trumans, and a match striker from Reid (of Watney, Combe, Reid & Co.). A pewter mug from Canon Brewery of Clerkenwell is also likely to attract interest: there had been brewing on the site since before 1720 and the name Canon Brewery came into being in 1751. Taylor Walker purchased the brewery in 1930 and it ceased brewing in 1955 when it became a distillery and bonded warehouse, finally closing in 1960. But if you are looking for something completely different, one of the odder items is a collection of ten, limited edition, Bill Tidy cartoons originally drawn for the Head of Steam pubs. Guaranteed to keep you amused.

If you have never been to the National Breweriana Auction before, the auction is great fun to take part in and is an opportunity to get some great bargains plus many of the items on sale can appreciate in value. And, of course, like any CAMRA event, there is some good beer on sale all day (from local Burton Old Cottage Beer Company).

Burton on Trent is easily accessible by train and the Town Hall is just a short walk from the railway station. The event starts at 11am with the opportunity to view the lots and browse the breweriana stands that will also be there. Bidding starts at 12.30pm and is normally finished by 5pm, giving a chance to visit some of Burton's iconic pubs before heading home. Or maybe make a weekend of it and visit the National Brewery Museum (

Entrance is by catalogue (£2.50), available on the day, or £3.50 (includes postage) in advance, by post from Bill Austin: 07789 900411 or moc.tenapus@nitsuab. If you can’t get there, postal bids are accepted, just contact Bill. The catalogues will be available from early September. Also, if you have an item that you think might be appropriate for the auction, then please contact Bill.

The address is Burton Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton on Trent, DE14 2EB and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 event. The Burton Mail covered it; see: You can download last year's catalogue here: National Breweriana Auction 2015 Catalogue.

Please read the following section for details and guidance if you are thinking of attending or submitting lots.

Details for the Day and Information

11.00am Auction items available for viewing.
11.00am-4.30pm Collectors' fair, a number of stalls selling a range of breweriana.
12.20pm Formal opening by Andrew Griffiths, MP
12.30pm-4.30pm Auction of over 150 lots of brewery related items including commemorative bottled beers, pump clips, books, display signs, trays, beer mats etc.
Admission to the Auction/Collectors' Fair is by catalogue £2.50.
We have a limited number of slots available for lots to be auctioned on a commission basis. Contact Bill Austin as above. Items must be delivered to the CAMRA Warehouse or CAMRA HQ, both in St Albans, before Thursday 19th October or to the Burton Town Hall before noon on Saturday 22th October.

The commission payable to CAMRA for each item will be either 15% of the sale price or £3, whichever is the higher.

Reserve prices may be set but these should be realistic and any items not sold must either be taken away at the end of the auction or otherwise collected from the CAMRA Games & Collectable Store in St Albans.

Postal bids, sent to Bill Austin at 18 Malden Road, Watford, WD17 4EW, or to moc.tenapus@nitsuab, are welcome, but must be received by Friday 16th October giving clear details of the item, lot number, amount of bid, and name, address and telephone number of the bidder. There is no buyer's commission, and no VAT addition.


We have tried our best to make this catalogue and the descriptions as accurate as possible. However, it is impossible to give full details of some items and these should be verified on the day of the sale. In order to give an idea of the condition of the lots, we have indicated those items which are in excellent condition with 'XX', and those in good condition with 'X'. Unmarked items are in poor condition and those marked with an o are unseen. Some of the lots are being auctioned on behalf of third parties and some of the descriptions are attributable to the sellers. As this designation is a very subjective matter, particularly given the age of some of the items, we strongly recommend that the items are viewed on the day of the sale.

As we expect a number of articles to be offered for sale after the catalogue has been printed, a number of spaces have been left. A list of 'late arrivals' will be available on the day of the sale.

We reserve the right to include further lots, withdraw lots, or to make available duplicate items without prior notice.


To reduce the need for items to be paid for individually, we propose to keep a record of each purchase so that all lots bought can be collected and paid for either during the breaks or at the end of the auction. In order for this to work smoothly we would ask that each attendee registers and obtains a bidder number. All lots must be paid for and removed from the auction room by 4.40pm on the day of the auction.

Cheques will only be accepted by prior arrangement. We are also able to accept payment by Visa/MasterCard credit cards and by debit cards.

There are 'reserves' on various lots in the auction: if the bidding fails to reach the reserve amount the item will be withdrawn. Items withdrawn will be available for purchase during the intervals and at the end of the auction.


We are again providing a guide price for those lots where such a figure is above £10. These appear in red at the end of the item's description. The lower figure of the range shown is not less than the reserve price of the lot, and may be higher.


One person (plus a reserve person) will act on behalf of a postal bidder as though such a bidder was in the room. That person will sit in front of the auctioneer in a reserved seat each time a lot is auctioned for which there has been a postal bid. The nominated person will bid in incremental steps as proposed by the auctioneer for the lot until either the bid is successful or the stated postal bid amount is reached. If a bidder in the hall makes a final bid of the same amount as the stated postal bid, the lot will be sold to the bidder in the hall.


CAMRA Fundraising would like to thank all those individuals and CAMRA Branches who have contributed lots to the auction.


Reference documents that were consulted included:

- Various CAMRA Good Beer Guides
- Century plus plus of British Brewers by Norman Barber (Brewery History Society)
- The Brewing Industry edited by Lesley Richmond and Alison Turton
- British Beermat Collectors' Society (BBCS) list of beer mats

Thanks to everyone who has assisted in the organisation and helped publicise CAMRA's National Breweriana Auction.