The West Country Bottle Museum

    Here are images and descriptions of examples mainly from my past collection of antique bottles (now sadly dispersed) with some historical notes. These bottles were used by companies from towns and villages of North West Wiltshire, England as listed below. This project is intended as a strictly non-profit resource for local and family historians. My research has included spending a lot of time in records offices and local study centres in years gone by, with directories and old documents and books. Nowadays, however, subscription sites like and the British Newspaper Archive have proved particularly useful. I must also thank the other collectors who have allowed me to use photographs for this project. I hope to gradually extend the project, time permitting, and the research is always ongoing.

    After a gap of a few years I am now collecting again from these areas and also Bristol area and am always happy to hear of or acquire items from the region. A preliminary Bristol page can be found here.

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Bibliograhy of online free resources that were useful in this research:

Familysearch : Parish Registers - a Guide to the British Batches (Archer Software).

FreeBMD : Births, Marriages and Deaths - post 1837 GRO registration.

FreeREG : A limited collection of Parish Register entries.

Special Collections Online : The University of Leicester collection of historic Directories.

Box People and Places : An online magazine about the history of the village and community of Box, Wilts.

Georeferenced Maps : National Library of Scotland's collection of georeferenced historic ordnance survey maps, and satellite imagery.

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