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The Old Bulls Head Inn
The 'Top Bull'
Photo CDM 2007
The Old Bulls Head Inn, 1 Redhall Road, Lower Gornal
The pub dates to the mid-Victorian period and known locally as the 'Top Bull' to distinguish it from the Bulls Head on the Himley Road, the Old Bull has a long history of brewing beer on the premises.
This is a Grade II listed building, still licenced and serving and has had it's own micro-brewery at the rear in recent times.
Edward Guest, one of the early licensees was also a butcher, brewing would have been a side line, this was often the case with pubs called 'Bulls Head'.
Edward Guest age 27 and wife Martha, are listed in 1841 census as a butcher in Red Hall.
The pub is reputedly haunted by poltergeist and apparitions.
The 'Top Bull' was the headquarters of the Lower Gornal Athletic FC before moving to the new ground in Garden Walk, the pub doubled as the changing rooms and no doubt after-match refreshments!
1850, Edward Francis Guest. [Post Office Directory of Birmingham, Staffordshire & Worcestershire]
1851, Edward Francis Guest, victualler and butcher. [Melville & Co.'s Directory of Wolverhampton]
In 1861, Edward Guest had a Butchers Shop in Redhall. [Census]1860, Henry Guest.
1861, Henry Guest. [Harrod's Directory]
1868, Eli Bradley (& shopkeeper), [P.O. Directory]
1871, Eli Bradley, aged 38. [Census]
1872, Eli Bradley, also described as shopkeeper. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
In 1861, Eli Bradley had a Grocers Shop in Redhall, there was also Eli Jnr born 1861. [Census]1881, Eli Bradley. [Census]
1885, Eli Bradley. [ER]
1891, John Bradley, occupation Beer Brewer. [Census]
1896, Emanuel Bradley also noted as butcher. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1901, Daniel Bradley, Publican aged 27. [Census]
1904, Henry Page. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1912, Isaac Bradley. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1915, 1916-1921, Isaac Bradley. [ER], Kelly's
'Ige' Bradley was a well known local character, he moved to the Swan Hotel, Tettenhall in 1925.1924, Thomas Bailey. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1928, James H. Dawes. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1936, Thomas Copson. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1939, John Oakley, publican, b 7 April, 1912. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1940, John Oakley. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
Origin of the pub name 'Old Bull'
Most pub names containing 'Bull' were so called as proprietors
were often connected with butchery usually from the same premises.
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