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Bamber Bridge - White Bull

Name: The White Bull

Address: 175, Station Road, Bamber Bridge


The White Bull Inn opened in the early 1800s and was a part of life in Bamber Bridge until quite recently. The pub closed and was subsequent redeveloped for use as an undertakers, Ian Wilde Independent Funeral Directors. The building has been sensitively renovated and retained its character, as can be seen from the photos below. It remains a prominent landmark on Station Road.

Listed landlords were Edward Burton (1841), John Brindle (1851), John Walmsley (1861-65), William Naylor (1867-71), Thomas Brindle (1879-81), Thomas Parkinson (1890-1900), Thomas Henry Fisher (1900-1), George Edward Houghton (-1908), Eliza Jane Houghton (1908-17) and John Brown (1935).

1841 Census

1845 Map

1851 Census - John Brindle - Wheelwright

1861 Census

At the county licensing session held last week, the magistrates withheld the licence of John Walmsley, of the White Bull inn, Bamber Bridge, who had been twice fined during the year, in order that be might personally appear before the bench.  
13 September 1865 - Blackburn Standard - Blackburn, Lancashire, England

John Walmsley's license was revoked and the White Bull was put up for sale the following year; shortly afterwards William Naylor was running the Inn.

ALL that INN or PUBLIC-HOUSE, known as the "White Bull Inn" situated in Bamber Bridge, together with the brewhouse, outbuildings, and premises thereto belonging.
16 June 1866 - Preston Herald - Preston, Lancashire, England

To be Sold Auction by Mr. HENRY SNAPE, at the house of Mr. William Naylor, White Bull, Bamber Bridge, in Walton-le-Dale, six o’clock in the evening, on the seventh day of October, 1868
03 October 1868 - Preston Herald - Preston, Lancashire, England

Local News.
 A well-known character named Jane Walmsley, wife of John Walmsley, Bamber Bridge, was brought up under a warrant charged with being drunk and incapable on the afternoon of Saturday. 
02 April 1870 - Preston Chronicle - Preston, Lancashire, England

1871 Census

Advertisements & Notices
 To be Sold by Auction, by Mr. THOMAS WEST, at the house of Mr. Thomas Brindle, White Bull Inn, Bamber Bridge, on Saturday, May 12th 1879, at five o'clock in the evening, subject to such conditions of sale as will be. 
17 May 1879 - Preston Chronicle - Preston, Lancashire, England

1881 Census

A billiard handicap for a silver cup, presented by Mr. Parkinson, White Bull, Bamber Bridge, is being played at the Conservative Club. The competition was open to all residing in Bamber Bridge and Walton-le-Dale. 
29 November 1890 - Preston Chronicle - Preston, Lancashire, England

1891 Census

THOMAS H. FISHER having taken the above Hotel from Mr. Parkinson, hopes to renew
 pleasant acquaintance with his old Friends and new. Cyclists will find it to their advantage to give him call. Good Stabling and Storage.
05 May 1900 - Preston Herald - Preston, Lancashire, England

1901 Census

 The distressing circumstances surrounding the sudden death of George Edward Houghton, the well-known licensee the White Bull Hotel, Bamber Bridge, formed the subject inquiry by Mr. W. Ashcroft, coroner for the Manor of Walton-le-Dale, at the Bamber Bridge. 
07 November 1908 - Preston Herald - Preston, Lancashire, England

The bench sanctioned the temporary transfer of the licence of the White Bull Inn. Bamber Bridge, from George Edward Houghton (deceased), to Eliza Jane Houghton. 
21 November 1908 - Preston Herald - Preston, Lancashire, England

1909 Map

1911 Census

1917 Barratt's Directory

John Brown, licensee of the White Bull Hotel, Bamber Bridge, applied for an additional licence sell intoxicating liquor from 12 30 p.m. to 5 30 p.m. at the same event.  
26 April 1935 - Lancashire Evening Post - Preston, Lancashire, England

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