This week, we're taking a look back at the history of one of Bridport's oldest hotels - The Bull Hotel.

The Bull dates all the way back to the sixteenth century, and has ties to a number of significant historical events.

Ranging from murder, to war, to royal visits, the hotel has experienced much over its centuries of existence.

The hotel, which was originally built in 1535, is located on East Street in Bridport.

Just 150 years later, the Bull saw a violent episode when Lieutenant Coker of Mappowder was killed by Colonel Venner during the Monmouth Rebellion at the hotel.

The Monmouth Rebellion - which is alternatively known as the Pitchfork Rebellion - was an uprising in 1685 that attempted to overthrow the King James II.

It was led by the Duke of Monmouth, whose Protestant forces sought to overthrow the king. The rebellion eventually failed and Monmouth was captured and put to death.

The cocktail bar at the Bull is now named after Colonel Venner.

Fast-forward to the nineteenth century, and the Bull found itself intertwined with military history once again.

It became part of the Trafalgar Way - the route through which dispatches regarding the Battle of Trafalgar - including the eventual victory - were taken from Falmouth to the admiralty in London.

The history behind the Bull Hotel is not only one of war and violence, however. The hotel has also seen visits from royalty over its several centuries of existence.

In 1834, the then Princess Victoria - who would later become Queen Victoria, one of Britain's longest serving and most recognisable monarchs - stayed for one night at the Bull Hotel along with her mother.

The hotel also received a visit from our current queen's father King George VI, who stopped by in his uniform at the start of the Second World War in 1939.

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