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Can you help identify what is in bottle? mystery of antique vessel found at site of former mayfield train station.

Byline: ALEXANDRA RUCKI alexandra.rucki@trinitymirror.com @AlexandraRucki

CAN you help solve the mystery of this antique bottle found at the historic Mayfield Depot? The glass bottle was discovered at the former railway station on Fairfield Street, behind Manchester Piccadilly, near to the gatehouse area of the site.

And the site's developers are appealing for history buffs to help identify the mystery liquid it contains.

The bottle is branded 'J&B' which appears to refer to drinks manufacturers Jewsbury and Brown.

The company traded on Market Street and Ardwick Green in Manchester between 1826 and 1964, but then merged with the Schweppes brand.

The bottle also has a stopper attached with the lettering 'Rileys' on the side, which appears to have been created in 1885 by Frederic George Riley.

It still remains sealed and full to the top with the unknown liquid, which looks opaque in colour.

Jewsbury and Brown were manufacturers of mineral waters and nonalcoholic cordials, and the finders of the bottle believe it could be a dark coloured cordial.

However, the Mayfield site was once occupied by the fabric printing company Hoyle Printworks and it has been suggested the bottle could contain the iconic 'Mayfield purple' fabric dye made by the printworks.

Developers are asking for anyone who can help identify the liquid to leave comments on the Mayfield Facebook page or to tweet @MAYFIELDMCR.

In particular they are asking for anyone who has a relative who remembers drinking Jewsbury and Brown products, or for anybody who worked at the site, to come forward.

The mystery comes a few months after the Mayfield developers appealed for help to decipher faded lettering on the wall of the site.

A statement online said: "The bottle cap branded 'Rileys' is itself also of historical interest, with the chisel shaped design having been created in 1885 by Frederic George Riley, who created this 'new and improved' model of the vulcanite screw-neck style bottle stopper popular in the 1800s.

"With the stopper intact and the bottle definitely full, the contents are still a mystery, although we know that Jewsbury & Brown manufactured both mineral waters and non-alcoholic cordials. "We had some brilliant responses to our call-out for clues about the original Mayfield station sign that we uncovered in the summer, so we're keen to hear your views! Maybe you have a relative who remembers Jewsbury & Brown products? Maybe you worked at the manufacturing site yourself?" The Mayfield site was transformed into a train station in 1910 and continued as a passenger hub until around the 1960s, when it served as a parcel depot through the 70s. It shut again in 1986 when rail transport for parcels was abandoned for road haulage, and has been vacant ever since.

More recently it was used for the Grub street food market.

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