Last week’s mystery photograph showed us some transport from yesteryear. Well done to everyone who guessed correctly. Taken in the 1930s, the photograph featured a Prior's Mineral Water Lorry, stationed at Southview Place, Midsomer Norton.

Thank you to Radstock Museum for supplying yet another fabulous picture - it’s fascinating to see how transport has evolved over the years from this photograph.

Prior and Co Mineral Water lorry
Last week's photograph was of a Prior's Mineral Water Lorry at their factory in Southview Place, Midsomer Norton. (Photo: Radstock Museum) (Radstock Museum)

It seems it was another tricky one last week, so give yourselves and extra pat on the back if you guessed it right!

Gilbert Prior was born in Stratton on the Fosse in 1877. He started his company, G Prior & Son, Mineral Water Manufacturers, in South View Place, Midsomer Norton in 1902. His son, George Prior, went on to take over the business before World War Two.

Priors was a well-known local business, supplying many of the local public houses, hotels and residents across the district with mineral water and a wide range of other cordials and beverages.

The business ran for almost seventy years, and eventually closed in 1970.

Many fond memories of Priors have been shared in the Facebook group ‘Midsomer Norton past history photo booth’. One user commented “Priors made the best Vimto!” under a photograph of a bottle found in someone’s garden, featuring ‘G Prior & Son Midsomer Norton’ lettering embossed on it.

Thank you to everyone who contacted us, and to the following for guessing correctly:

Martin Horler, Les Box and Hannah Selway.

Well done to Dave Seddon, who said: “I think that may be taken at the premises of G Prior Mineral Water Manufacturers at South View Place, Midsomer Norton”.

Do you know where we are in this week’s Mystery Photograph? We would love to hear from you! 

If you have a historic image of our area suitable for our Mystery Photograph feature, please email: [email protected] or bring them in to: The Journal, Paulton House, Old Mills, Paulton, Bristol, BS39 7SX.