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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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Former Hey's pub the King's Head, Westgate, Bradford.

The former King’s Head, Westgate, Bradford in 2015. Renamed Talk of the Town in 1968. Became Tickles before its present incarnation an amusement arcade around 1990.

Hey’s Gold, was brewed by Darren Marks of the Bingley Brewery and was available in selected outlets in West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Kathryn Hey, who is related to the brewing family, commissioned the beer to commemorate the former Bradford brewery. The beer was brewed to mark fifty years since the Bradford brewery, J. Hey & Co. Ltd; was acquired by S. Webster & Son Ltd and closed. The company produced championship winning beers and the ale commemorated the great Bradford brewery.

Hey’s Gold had an ABV of 4.2%. The malts that made up the ‘body’ of the brew were Golden Promise pale and a small amount of pale crystal and wheat malt. East Kent Goldings hops provided the bitterness. Extra aroma came from a late addition of East Kent Goldings and Saaz hops made to the boiling copper.

Don’t hesitate and be too late. The last Bingley brewed Hey’s Gold is in the pubs now!

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Left to right: Darren Marks, brewer and owner of the Bingley Brewery, Spike salesman, Kathryn Hey and Malcolm Toft at Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA’s Hebden Bridge Beer Festival 2016. Hey’s Gold won a Gold medal in the Golden Ale class and Silver in the Supreme Champion  Ale of the Festival category.

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Pubs and bars supplied with Hey’s Gold.

Delivered weeks commencing 13/3/17 and 20/3/17

Please check before travelling, very little remains in stock.

Skipton Sound Bar, 15 Swaford Street, Skipton

Cask 'n' Keg, 5 Newmarket St, Colne

Admiral Lord Rodney, Mill Green, Colne

Bowland Beer Hall, Holmes Mill, Clitheroe 

Friendly Inn, 54 Main St, Stanbury

Old Silent Inn, Hob Lane, Stanbury

Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, Sowerby Bridge Railway Station

The 3 Acres, Bingley Rd, Lees Moor, Keighley

Crescent Inn, Brook Street, Ilkley

Red Lion, 47 Kirkgate, Silsden

Fanny's Ale House, Bradford Road, Shipley

The Junction, 1 Baildon Rd, Baildon

Chip N Ern, 73, Main Street, Bingley

Oakworth Social Club, Chapel Lane, Oakworth

Parkside Social Club, Butt Lane, Haworth 

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Hey’s Gold at Calan’s Hebden Bridge. Where did you have some?

Hey's Gold at Calan's Hebden Bridge

House of Hey’s wall plaque (left), 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.

Left to right: Darren Marks, brewer and owner of the Bingley Brewery, Spike salesman, Kathryn Hey and Malcolm Toft at Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA’s Hebden Bridge Beer Festival 2016. Hey’s Gold won a Gold medal in the Golden Ale class and Silver in the Supreme Champion  Ale of the Festival category. The King’s Head, Westgate, Bradford, about 1966. Unfortunately the fine glasswork in the first floor windows hasn’t survived. Picture copyright Denis Birkby