Bull Inn, Sonning
Traditionally, the Bull was owned by the Bishop of Salisbury, whose palace once stood nearby. Today it is owned by St Andrew's Church who currently rent it to Fullers  The present 16th century timber-framed building, it is suggested, was a hospitium for pilgrims visiting the relics of the mysterious St Sarik at the adjoining St Andrew's Church. The name stems from bulls which supported the coat of arms of Sir Henry Neville. He was steward at the palace after it was sold to Queen Elizabeth I.
If you stop at Sonning, put up at the "Bull," behind the church. It is a veritable picture of an old country inn, with green, square courtyard in front, where, on seats beneath the trees, the old men group of an evening to drink their ale and gossip over village politics; with low, quaint rooms and latticed windows, and awkward stairs and winding passages.
The two storey timber-framed building dates from the late 16th century with 19th/20th century additions. It was Grade II* listed in 1967. Opposite is a well-hidden Lutyens-designed house, Deanery Garden.
Customers have included the American film star George Clooney and his British wife, the human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who purchased the Mill House in Sonning Eye, just over the River Thames from Sonning, in 2014.
- Great House at Sonning
- Sonning Bishop's Palace
- The Barley Mow, Clifton Hampden, also mentioned in Three Men in a Boat
- Paddy Burt, The Bull, High Street, Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire. The Daily Telegraph 21 September 2002.
- The Bull Inn, Fullers Hotels, UK.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1966). The Buildings of England: Berkshire. Penguin Books. p. 221. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
- Jerome, Jerome K. (1889). Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog). J. W. Arrowsmith. ISBN 0-7653-4161-1.
- "The Bull Inn, Church approach, Sonning, Wokingham, Berkshire". Images of England. English Heritage. 10 April 2007.
- Sawer, Patrick (10 October 2014). "Welcome to Sonning, Mr & Mrs Clooney". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
- Sawer, Patrick (9 October 2014). "George Clooney snaps up £10 million manor house in Sonning, Berkshire". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (41165)". Images of England.
- Royal Berkshire History: Sonning
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