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Friday 18th June 2021  

Bull in the Hollow Public House

Loughborough Monitor and Herald. - unknown date c1925

This is a very rare, in fact the only photograph we have ever seen of the Bull in the Hollow when it was a pub. The accompanying article reads:

Thus stood in the late nineteenth century the "Bull-in-the-Hollow", on the Leicester road at the turning to the hamlet of Woodthorpe, a farmer's house and just what a farmstead should be.

This photograph was taken a long life time since, when the art of photography was the last word in artistic progress. It is worthy of the artist. It shows us a big farmstead, partly thatched and partly with a slated rood, an old house restored with discrimination. Trimly kept hedges and neat forecourt with the huge signboard show us that the inn was a hub of activity, the new parts of the building by no means swamping the old and spoiling the view. In short, the farmer was prosperous, and the old-time shutters fitted to the lower floor windows have already an ornamental appearance. Once they had served for defence, but now were no longer necessary.

This picture was lost as time passed, but memory lived. The town encroached, and "Bull-in-the-Hollow" as an inn went the way of all mortal things.

But a few years ago the picture published with this article was brought into the offices of the "Loughborough Monitor", and on the back of it was endorsed "Joseph Langham, licensee."

"Bull-in-the-Hollow" is an intriguing name. It is rare enough all over the country. The Bull, of course is always a popular inn sign. We have the "Bull-in-the-Pound" and "Bull-in-Oak," or perhaps, more properly "Bull-in-the-Oak". These inn signs are easily explained. "Bull-in-the-Pound" is the animal punished for trespass and put in the Pound or Pinfold. The "Bull-in-the-Oak" means no more than a sign showing a bull, the board suspended from a beam or from a tree, an oak tree, being there for all men to see. No doubt "Bull-in-the-Hollow" has a similar origin.

 Submitted on: 2010-05-29
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 804

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