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Bridge Street Thompson's Lane Junction circa 1900

43 Bridge Street / The (Black) White Bull

History of 43 Bridge Street

Detailed notes can be found in T E Faber, An Intimate History of St Clement’s Parish, 2006.

West of Bridge Street in the Nineteenth Century

A chantry dedicated to St Nicholas was founded by William de Lolleworth in 1323. It was endowed with 2 messuages, 7 acres of land and 40s in rent. This endowment was augmented in 1352 and it was probably at that time that the site of the Bull (White or Black) on Bridge Street became chantry property. Part of the site was let in 1356 to Bartholemew the Chandler for him to build on.

end of 15th cent: when Robert Blackamore was chantry priest at the end of the century is was known as the ‘Bull’ or ‘Black Bull.’

When Robert Massye, chantry priest, died in 1528, he left to Dr Cliffe all the fittings at the White Bull. From this we can gather that he funded the refitting of the inn and changed the colour of its sign from black to white.

1547 inn known as White Bull was the principal asset of the united chantries of St Clement’s Church.

1553 after the suppression of the chantries, Sir Thomas Wendy was enfeoffed in the property

1611/12 Thomas Wildman alehouse keeper fined

1615 acquired by Magdalene as the White Bull

1629-39 William, later Matthew, Christian

1645-46 John Dunnage, for White Bull

1660-62 John Whiteseed

1663 leased by William Howell. maltster

1672-74 not listed as inn

1673 leased by John Howell, maltster

1674 House ‘where …. Allen widow dwelleth’, allowed ‘to be renewed again as an inn to be called the White Bull.’

1675 ‘The White Bull, Widow Allin’ presented to a Proctors’ leet in connection with eighty barrels of Mr Thompson’s beer

1682 Thomas Allen among those vouched for by William Gould

1744-64 James, later Mary, Philips, for White Bull

1770-1856 White Bull listed continuously

1786 & 1796: leased by John Purchas III

19th cent: White Bull was a public house based at no.42.


Henry Pepper, 38, tailor, b Beds



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