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The Bull

For many years the property was owned by the Battell family. The main building stood a little to the North of the present building, roughly where the Aston Martin Garage is located. In 1724 it came to William Tomkin and was known as the ‘Seven Stars’. Later it was owned by William Thorpe, farmer of Stanborough Farm. In 1756 it was called ‘The Horse & Groom’ or ‘Horse & Jockey’ and was owned by James Hetherington who was married to Williams Thorpe’s daughter Mary. Later their son Thomas Hetherington took ownership. In 1773 it  was in the hands of William Whitty from whom it was purchased in 1789 by William Whittingstall of Hoddesdon Brewery.

In the early 1800s the North Road at Stanborough was re-aligned and a new public house was erected in 1822, on the tongue of land between the present day Brocket Road and the Great North Road. It was called ‘The Bull’, Christie’s Brewery of Hoddesdon were the owners and Joseph Langton the licensee. The Langtons were millers and farmers and retained the licence until about 1860. Matthew Blacknell and his family then went to live there. In 1882 the publican was William Ablett and in 1901 it was William Marr. He lived there with his wife Katherine and their two infant sons.

In 1928 the pub was acquired by Cannon Breweries, later a subsidiary company of Taylor Walker and Co. However the pub was demolished in the early 1930s when a further re-alignment of the North Road was made and a new pub was erected and opened in 1938 at its present site and retained its name ‘The Bull.’ Between 1981 and 1988 it was called ‘The Cavalier’ and reverted back to ‘The Bull’ after this date. The owners changed from Ind Coope to Allied Breweries. The late 80s and most of the 1990s the pub was owned by Punch and various mangers including Ken, under the management of Ken it was a popular pub with the youth of Welwyn & Hatfield and it became a 2-4-1 Restaurant. In 20** it was bought by the owner of ‘The East’ in Borehamwood who changed the name to ‘The East.’ It has now become a popular Chinese Restaurant and still is used as a pub with the locals of Stanborough

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The Bull Stanborough 1926 Unknown
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The Bull Stanborough 1905 Brian Lawrence
The Bull Stanborough 1960s Unknown
The Bull Stanborough 2004 Mary de Soyres
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