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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 discovered that she was related to the brewing family and decided to have a beer brewed that commemorated the former Bradford brewery. In 2016 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.


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Kathryn Hey and Geoff Poole at the Hey’s Gold Premium launch at the Exchange Ale House, Market Street, Bradford, 1 December 2017. Geoff Poole worked at Hey’s Brewery 1962 until closure in February 1967.

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Wm Whitaker Bi-Centenary glass

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

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


Hey’s Gold Premium was first brewed by the Bradford Brewery for Kathryn Hey on Tuesday 14th of November 2017.

The beer, ABV 4.5%, was launched at the Exchange Ale House, Market Street, Bradford, on Friday 1st December.

Dave Sanders devised the recipe and Bradford Brewery’s Head Brewer Graeme Rothery perfected the brew. Now Jake Bartlett-Perry is carrying the good work.


Fuggles, East Kent Goldings and Czech 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 are the hops which went into Hey’s Gold Premium.

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

Geoff Poole and Kathryn Hey at the Hey's Gold Premium Launch 1 December 2017. Geoff Poole worked at Hey's Brewery 1962 to February 1967. House of Hey's wall plaque, Andrew Wright's collection, Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, Sowerby Bridge Railway Station. Picture Mark Mortimer

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

Hey's Gold Premium pump clip design

The next batch of Hey’s Gold Premium will be brewed on the 19th June. The beer will be on sale about a week later.