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H. W. Carter bottle, Bristol.

An old H. W. Carter bottle

H W Carter Kessner Tower, Coleford

The photo above is a composite of several shots at different magnifications taken of the same bottle. The connection with the Forest of Dean is that H. W. Carter moved from Bristol to a new purpose-built factory at Coleford just after the second world war. The H.W. Carter sign was prominent on the Kessner Tower at the Coleford factory for many years and easily visible to anyone approaching Coleford from the South. The height provided by the Kessner Tower was required for fruit processing equipment. The tower is still a local landmark.

  • H. W. Carter was established in Bristol in 1872.
  • H. W. Carter was bought by the Armstrong family in 1908.
  • H. W. Carter moved from Bristol to Coleford in 1947.
  • H. W. Carter was acquired by Beecham Foods in 1955.
  • Beecham Foods became SmithKline Beecham in 1989,
  • SmithKline Beecham merged with Glaxo Wellcome in 2001 to become GlaxoSmithKline (G.S.K.)
  • G.S.K. Coleford becomes Lucozade Ribena Suntory in 2014 "when Japanese global beverage company – Suntory Beverage & Food, the world's 3rd largest soft drinks company - acquired Lucozade and Ribena, giving us access to some of the world’s best beverage insight, research, development, production and marketing".

Delmas wrote (Aug 2007): "I came across a very old bottle, hand made from blown glass. It looks like from it was produced in the late 1800's or early 1900's. The bottle stands approximately 12 inches tall and 3 inches wide and is an light green in colour, with some bubbles in the glass that you would expect with this type of old glass. The bottle is round cylinder shape and one side says ' H. W. CARTER & co', another says 'BRISTOL' and the other says 'Gold Medals awarded 1893 - 1899', and has the front and back of coins embossed on the bottle".

Bradley added (January 2012): "... Found a H.W Carter bottle with Bristol written on the side in a friend's garden. It has leaves and a lemon decal around the top and we were wondering what it would have contained when it was made?".

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