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"Nobody knows for how long an ale house has stood on this site, but the present building looks as if it were an Elizabethan timber-framed house, rebuilt after the Restoration. The old taproom boasts 'Cromwell's Hook'. Legend says that the Protector once hung his sword and hat on it and there the hook has stayed ever since.

When the old fireplace was uncovered, horse bones were found inside the chimney; perhaps an echo of the old East Anglian belief that horse bones buried beneath the hearth kept witches away.

John Bull, victualler and farmer, was licensee of the Bull in 1851; in 1864 his widow, Esher, was granted the licence. Benjamin Bull was the Landlord in 1883 but within five years the licence had passed to James Webb. The Bull family had been landlords for over a hundred years. Apparently the Black Bull was famous for its home-brewed beer."

Reproduced, with permission, from Historical Landbeach.

The Black Bull's closure was recorded in the Cambridge Evening News of 1957, when it was said to be the village's last pub.