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Mineral Water Bottles

J W Bright's cart
J W Bright - Mineral Water Manufacturers - Rushden
This fine cart was made by F Parker - Builder - Higham Ferrers

Below are two J W Bright - Pure Water glass bottles, a green one and a clear one. The company traded from 1900 to around 1936.
The green glass bottle is quite rare, and this one has a screw top. More common are the Codd bottles with a marble stopper inside the bottle. Many of these bottles were broken by young boys, to get the marble out to play with.
(above) J W Bright
Pure Water
green glass bottle with cork stopper.
J W Bright
Pure Water
clear glass
The Rushden Mineral Water Company
Oldham & Co Rushden & Sherington
Three examples of "Codd" bottles with a glass stopper, invented by Hiram Codd of Camberwell in about 1872.

Oldham & Co. of Rushden & Sherington (in Buckinghamshire) were in Duck Street in 1903 and in Church Street in 1906 and in Wellingborough Road in 1908.

J W Bright was trading from 26 Church Street in about 1908. He had previously been the local representative for Oldham & Co.

Rushden Mineral Water Company

This bottle has a pointed base so will not stand up.

The company traded in Harborough Road from about 1900 to 1908.


A rare syphon for
dispensing Table Waters, made from coloured glass.

A fine bottle of Oldham & Co
This photograph has been sent in of an Oldham & Co of Rushden & Sherrington syphon. It also has Barnet & Foster near the base (dug up in 2010),

Rushden Echo, 9th September 1910, transcribed by Peter Brown

OUR MINERAL WATERS aid digestion. Orange champagne, lime juice cordial, lemon squash cordial, cherry cider, ginger ale, lemonade, lime juice, soda water in syphons, stone ginger beer. – J W Bright, Rushden.


A small stone jar above, for the Rushden Mineral Water Company.







We have no picture of a large size stone jar for a Rushden mineral water supplier but left
is a sample from Cobley's of Wellingborough.

The Mineral Water Manufacturers of Kettering, Rushden & Wellingborough whose names are set out at the foot of this circular, hereby give notice that owing to increased and increasing costs of materials, labour and transport, they must of necessity increase the price of their productions if these are to be maintained at the same standard of excellence as hitherto.

They have therefore decided that on and from Monday the 3rd of January 1916, the prices they will charge to the trade shall be as follows:

For all goods in Patent Bottles 1/- per dozen
Small Corked Bottles 1/3 per dozen
Large Corked Bottles 1/6 per dozen
Stone Ginger Beer in bottles 1/- per dozen
Stone Ginger Beer in jars 9d. per gallon
Soda, Potass, etc., in 30oz. Syphons 2/6 per dozen
Soda, Potass, etc., in 40oz. Syphons 3/- per dozen
Lemonade in 30oz. Syphons 3/- per dozen
Lemonade in 40oz. Syphons 3/6 per dozen
Messrs. W. C. Cooke Ltd., Kettering
Mr. J. Jones, Kettering
Messrs. Miller & Childs, Kettering
Mr. J. W. Bright, Rushden
Messrs. F. Cooke Ltd., Wellingborough
Messrs. Campbell Praed & Co. Ltd., Wellingborough
Mr. C. Cobley, Wellingborough
Messrs. W. Dulley & Sons Ltd., Wellingborough
NRO: Ref. ZA3433

Rushden Echo, 31st August 1900, transcribed by Kay Collins

Curious Fatality to a Horse—During the early hours of Sunday night and Monday morning a police-constable in the Wellingboro’-road heard some curious sounds, which eventually he found proceeded from the stable of Messrs Oldham and Co., mineral water manufacturers, at the corner of Church-street and Duck-street. He forced an entrance into the stable and then discovered that a horse there was in a piteous plight and in acute agony. In some unaccountable way it had gots its legs entwined in a rope and had broken its neck in turning its head round, besides which its head was gashed open. The officer at once sent for Mr J W Bright, of Beaconsfield-terrace, the local representative of the firm, but nothing could be done for the poor animal, and it died in great pain. The horse was worth about £30.


We are grateful to local bottle collectors for allowing us to take photographs of some of their collections.


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