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Red Cross Brewery

Description:-
Siuated within a courtyard behind a series of houses, the Red Cross Brewery featured a striking six-storeyed, battlemented brewery tower surmounted by a large chimney, and a brewhouse with a barrel shaped weather vane. The brewery had a 50 barrel plant, powered by a 10 horse power engine. Parts of the building survived until the 1990s. Modern sheds and offices now occupy most of the site.

History:-
Built circa 1873 by John Brook Booth to replace the former Railway Brewery (qv). A limited company was formed by a consortium of maltsters and innkeepers from Mirfield in 1874 with a share capital of £10,000 to purchase the business. A first class practical brewer was engaged and the premises were soon up and running. After an indifferent start, John Brook Booth returned in 1876 setting up a partnership with a Mr Ogden. Financial problems returned in 1883 and in the following year the business was acquired by a Mr Prynn, a native of Hull. A successful business was then built up and a small tied estate of nine houses had been established prior to its sale in 1889 to Samuel Webster & Sons Ltd. Following closure by Webster, the buildings were used by an engineering company and now form part of the wire fence making factory of Siddal & Hilton.

References:-
P.W.Robinson, A History of the Fountain Head Brewery, (unpublished, copy deposited with Calderdale Central Library, Reference Dept.), pp. 84-86.


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Address :- Calder Street, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 1LT
Grid Ref :- SE 15113 22389
Co-ordinates :- Lat - 53.697724 , Long - -1.772581
Local Authority :- Calderdale
Pre 1974 County :- Yorkshire - West Riding
Site Condition :- Site redeveloped to industrial / commercial use
Site Status :- Site extant - Protected status unknown
Site Dates :- 1873 ca - 1889

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