Castle Carr’s famous fountain set for blast off

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The famous gravity fed fountain in the Castle Carr estate will once again rise into the sky during the annual opening of the grounds.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Halifax, and with permission granted by Yorkshire Water and the land owner, it is again hoped the fountain will reach a height of more than 100 feet on Saturday, July 3.

Last year’s event and fundraiser was watched by almost 1,000 people and raised £5,000 for local charities.

The famous local landmark in the Luddenden valley designed and built in the 1870s comprises an ornamental water garden situated between two reservoirs.

The garden consists of a main circular pool in the middle of which sits a single jet fountain. It attains a height that is second in England, to that at Chatsworth House.

Rotary organiser Sherri Highley-Hammond said: “The format is similar to that of the last three years - a picturesque walk, 2.5 miles each way will commence from the Cat I’th Well Inn at noon prompt.

“The estate will be open from noon until 3pm. Suitable footwear should be worn as parts of the walk are wet and muddy and uneven and last year a number of walkers finished up with wet feet.”

The fountain itself will play from 2pm for just over 15 minutes. Free car parking will be available in a local field, Limited access is available for disabled drivers, who approach the estate from the top gate.

Afterwards the Cat I’th Well and The Crossroads will provide food and refreshments.

Tickets cost £5 each and can be purchased from the two pubs, Woodlesford Newsagents near Mount Tabor and Harvey’s of Halifax. Family tickets are available for £15. Children under five have free entry.