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Thursday, 25 October 2012

George Knell , 7 Cranbourne Alley Margate.

I bought this bottle some time ago on ebay from a local dealer.It is impressed KNELL MARGATE and has no potters mark. The seller put the date at around the 1860's and the bottle needed some further research.
So it was by chance that I was going through the 1855 Margate directory and I came across the name George Knell 7 Cranbourne Alley Margate. George Knell is listed as a confectioner and in the Victorian times confectioners, general stores and even chemists brewed their own ginger beer to sell on their premises. In  Victorian Margate brewing ginger beer was a cottage industry  due to the influx of visitors to the town. Evidence of this can be found almost anywhere on the Margate main sands below the low tide mark by the different earthenware shards from the different styles of ginger beer bottles that can be found in the area.

Cranbourne Alley was a part of old Margate that was demolished in 1965. It was like a small lane and eight feet wide in places with small Victorain shops either side.
There are many written articles on Cranbourne Alley that can be found on google that really make interesting reading.

1 comment:

Don Wood said...

never seen that one before Tony