A Pint with History, The Fountain Head Inn, Halifax

Nestled in the heart of Pellon on the outskirts of Halifax, West Yorkshire, lies The Fountain Head Inn. With a rich history dating back to the 1790s, this watering hole offers a unique blend of traditional charm and contemporary comfort.

Step inside The Fountain Head, and you're stepping back in time. Originally built as Fountain Head Farm in 1792, the building itself is a testament to Halifax's heritage. But the most interesting connection comes in the form of Samuel Webster, who was born here in 1813. Yes, the founder of Webster's Brewery! The very first Websters ales were brewed on this very site in 1838, making The Fountain Head a cornerstone of Halifax's brewing legacy. The brewery would eventually move a short distance along the valley and continue to brew Websters ales until 1996, when it was finally closed by the then owners, Scottish Courage.

The Fountain Head Inn, with its distinct Websters livery, is all that now remains in the Pellon area as a nod to its famous brewing past, and it is the remains of a once-thriving pub community that included the nearby Pellon Social Club, The Halfway House, Golden Pheasant, New Street, and The Wheatsheaf, a number of which have closed in recent years as drinking habits have changed.

I took these images of the outside of the pub on the 27th April 2024 with a Nikon D3300; they can also be seen on Clickasnap in a higher resolution.

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