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Sadly, Hockley lost some of its most important history last night, popular pub, The Bull Inn suffered a bad fire last night.
The Bull Inn is a 16th century Grade II listed country pub on the edge of Hockley Woods that has welcomed visitors through its historic doors for hundreds of years. Local legend has it that one of the beams once formed part of the York scaffold from which Dick Turpin was hanged. Although there is little evidence to corroborate the legend, there is no doubt that the ‘butcher turned notorious highwayman’ plagued the area of Essex in the 1730’s with his Essex gang.
Credit Linda Peall
The fire raged from 2pm last night and we’ve been sent these photos and video of the building burning and the aftermath of the destruction. Fortunately there are no reported casualties.
Video & Photos Credit Adrian Eves