Probably the best photo of the Old Bull Hotel I've ever seen. This circa 1940 shot, shows it in all its glory.
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Standing on the corner of Church Street and Darwen Street, the Old Bull was for many years, the premier hotel in Blackburn. George Miller, in his book 'Blackburn's Old Inns' tells us how there was a hostelry on this site for at least 500 years. The building pictured, was built in 1847 and closed its doors for the last time, in 1938. It stood empty for the next 12 years and was eventually demolished in 1950.
The top floor, where the sash windows are slightly open, is where the hotel kitchens were. To the left, you can see the Cathedral and to the right, Darwen Street, with the then General Post Office (Postal Order pub) prominent.
COURTESY OF COTTONTOWN & THE COMMUNITY STUDIES DEPT. BLACKBURN LIBRARY
This is a shot of the Old Bull's ''Spanish Room''
(Courtesy of E. Leaver)
As mentioned above, a pub by the name of the Old Bull had occupied this spot for at least 500 years. Below is one of the earlier buildings and behind it can be seen the parish church of St Mary's, on what is today the Cathedral Grounds.
Courtesy of Blackburn Museum (I think. I can't remember where I got it, but they certainly have this drawing too)