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Inns and Public Houses

The Bull / Powerhouse: Clay Hill Road,Vange

The Bull, Vange
Location: Bull Road
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Comments: The Bull

The Bull public house and off licence opened in October 1961.

It was built to replace another public house, also called the Bull, which stood around 50 yards away in Bull Road, Vange. The original pub was demolished to make way for a new neighbourhood shopping centre.

When Bull Road was renamed in 1963 the address became 469 Clay Hill Road.

Arthur and Teresa (Terry) Goldstone were the first licencees having transferred from the 'old' Bull on opening. It was operated by the Mann, Crossman and Paulin brewery chain and a prominent Manns sign adorned an outer wall.

On 7th June 1985 the pubs' name was changed to The Powerhouse which it remained until February 1998 when, following a violent incident that ended in a fatality, it closed. The pub then remained empty until September 2002 when it was demolished and a large block of two bedroomed flats were erected in its place.

For most of its existence the lounge bar stage was a popular venue for live entertainment. Countless bands played there over the years including Hedgehog, Street, The Cold Hand Band, Granny Grunt, Chief O'Hara, The Business, Rudy Cafe, The Pilchards and Big Lynne. Female strippers were another attraction with Sunday sessions running for a time in the 1980s.

Page added: 2013

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2013.
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