The Bull Hotel, Cambridge

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The Bull Hotel
Bull Hostel Facade.jpg
The Bull Hotel, Cambridge is located in Central Cambridge
The Bull Hotel, Cambridge
General information
Location68 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, England
Coordinates52°12′12″N 0°07′03″E / 52.2034°N 0.1174°E / 52.2034; 0.1174Coordinates: 52°12′12″N 0°07′03″E / 52.2034°N 0.1174°E / 52.2034; 0.1174

The Bull Hotel was a historical hotel located at 68 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, England, next to the St Catharine's College.[1]

The entrance porch on Trumpington Street

The four storey hotel was built in 1828, and occupies the site of an inn previously known as the Black Bull, which was in existence as early as the fifteenth century.[2] The Black Bull was bequeathed to St. Catharine's College in 1626 and rebuilt in 1828 and opened as a hotel.[3] In 1936 two "Acanthus'" type posts were said to flank the stone ashlar porch of the Bull Hotel.[4]

It was one of the top hotels in Cambridge until the Second World War, when in 1941 the hotel became a centre for American serviceman.[3] Photographs taken during the war show an American flag and a British flag on the hotel. At the end of the war the American servicemen established Bull College, named after the hotel and between 1945 and 1946 the hotel functioned as a centre for Russian courses for the British Army, but then merged with St Catharine's.[5] The building became a Grade II listed building on 26 April 1950.[6][3]

Notable residents[edit]

Woodrow Wilson – stayed at the hotel in 1899.[7]


  1. ^ Darwin, Charles; Smith, Sydney (22 April 2010). The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: 1870. Cambridge University Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-521-76889-4. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  2. ^ Cooper, Charles Henry (1866). Memorials of Cambridge. W. Metcalfe. p. 254. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Roach, J. P. C. (1959). "A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 3: The City and University of Cambridge". Accessed via British History Online. pp. 115–6. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  4. ^ The Cambridge review. Cambridge Review Committee, St. John's College. 1936. p. 66. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  5. ^ Bevan, William Ham. "Bull College Cambridge" (PDF). CAM: Cambridge Alumni Magazine. pp. 30–33. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Bull Hotel (former), Cambridge". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  7. ^ Woodrow Wilson Papers: Series 1: Diaries and Diary Material, 1876-1924; Diaries, 1876-1904