An appeal has gone out to the people of North Devon for old milk bottles.

Steve Wheeler's milk bottle museum in Malvern has around 20,000 bottles. Picture: Steve WheelerSteve Wheeler's milk bottle museum in Malvern has around 20,000 bottles. Picture: Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler has around 20,000 bottles in his milk bottle museum at Malvern in Worcestershire but is keen to add to his collection with examples from old North Devon dairies.

He and his wife will be staying at Westward Ho! at the end of May and Steve would like to hear from anyone who has old bottles he could have or at least see.

He said: "Although I have a couple from North Devon, there must be many places that had dairies and I have missed their milk bottles.

"They are usually found in old farms and dairies, under sink cupboards, lofts, sheds, allotments - and electricians even find me milk bottles under floorboards when rewiring houses.

"I have bottles dating back to about 1850. I have an old one from Porlock and an old one from Bideford, but I know there were other dairies around, Combe Martin and Woolacombe and I think there was one in Croyde."

Steve has been carrying out his unusual hobby for 30 years and his museum has grown from a shed to a 120-foot long building.

It is open to anyone who wishes to visit, by prior arrangement and he has also given talks all over the country and abroad.

If anyone can help Steve in his quest for bottles or the cardboard caps used to seal them, contact him on 01684.569656 or email milkbottlepast@hotmail.com .