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The end of Hey’s Ales

September 2016 marked fifty years since J. Hey & Co. Ltd; Northbrook Brewery, Wilson Square, Lumb Lane, Bradford, was acquired by S. Webster & Sons Ltd; Fountain Head Brewery, Ovenden Wood, Halifax. The two companies had been on friendly terms for many years. Both sets of directors met on a regular basis for lunch at Webster’s Raggalds Inn, near Queensbury. In view of the prevailing climate in the brewing industry, of merger and take-overs it was felt the time was right for a “merger” between both firms.

The local press reported the deal on the 14th of September 1966. Websters offered about £1.4 million of shares and loan stock for Heys ordinary and preference capital. Holders of every 100 ordinary £1 shares were offered 50 ordinary Webster’s shares plus £120 of Webster’s 8% convertible loan stock, convertible in 1969 to twenty Webster’s ordinary shares. There were 291,018 Hey’s ordinary shares in issue; the terms valued them at 90 shillings each. Holders of every 100 Hey £1 5% preference shares offered £100 of Webster’s 7% unsecured loan stock. There was £75,000 Hey preference capital in issue. Members of the Hey family owned just over 50% of Hey’s ordinary capital.

The terms were accepted by over 90% of Hey’s shareholders. Walter Hey joined Webster’s board as President; he was also chairman of Yorkshire Brewer’s Association. Webster’s gained seventy-three houses. By 17th February 1967 Hey’s ales were no longer being produced and Webster’s beers were available in all Hey’s houses.


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Kathryn Hey found she was related to the brewing family and decided to have a beer brewed that commemorated the former Bradford brewery. Last year Hey’s Gold was brewed to mark fifty years since the Bradford brewery, J. Hey & Co. Ltd; was acquired by S. Webster & Son Ltd. That was in September 1966 and the brewery closed early in the next year. The Bradford company produced championship winning ales.

Now Hey’s Gold Premium has been  brewed.

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 Hey’s Brewery windows at the

Airedale Heifer & Willow Tree Inn

Read about Hey’s Fleece Inn, Stone Street, off Manor Row, Bradford

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Kathryn Hey behind the bar in the Buffet Car on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Hey’s Gold won a Gold medal in the Golden Ale class and Silver in the Supreme Champion  Ale of the Festival category at the Halifax & Calderdale Beer Festival in 2016. That was held in Hebden Bridge.

Wm Whitaker Bi-Centenary glass

House of Hey’s wall plaque, Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, Sowerby Bridge Railway Station, part of Andrew Wright’s collection.  Picture by Mark Mortimer

The King’s Head, Westgate, Bradford, about 1966. Unfortunately the fine glasswork in the first floor windows hasn’t survived.

The King’s Head, Westgate, Bradford, about 1966. Unfortunately the fine glasswork in the first floor windows hasn’t survived. Picture copyright Denis Birkby Kathryn Hey behind the bar in the Buffet Car on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, September 2016.

Brewing of Hey’s Ales returns to the City of Bradford


The first batch of the new Hey’s beer was brewed by the Bradford Brewery for Kathryn Hey on Tuesday 14th of November.

Hey’s Gold Premium, ABV 4.5% will be launched at the Exchange Ale House , Market Street, Bradford, on Friday 1st December at 4 pm. Dave Sanders devised the recipe and Bradford Brewery’s Head Brewer Graeme Rothery has brewed the beer.


Fuggles, East Kent Goldings and Saaz hops have been used in the brew. Pale malt and a small proportion of Caramalt provides the body of the beer.

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Spinks Bar, Market Street, Bradford, in the 1960s. Now the Exchange Ale House

Fuggles, East Kent Goldings and Saaz hops that went into the new brew, Hey's Gold premium

Pictured on the left are the hops which went into Hey’s Gold Premium.