"retreated to the Bull and Gate in Holborn"

A London guide from the 1800s describes the Bull and Gate as being ‘at 243, three doors E. from Little Turnstile, Lincoln’s Inn fields.’

The Bull and Gate Inn, Holborn, c 1830
Public DomainThe Bull and Gate Inn, Holborn, c 1830 - Credit: Thomas Shepherd

John Nichols, in The Gentleman's magazine, 1818, explains that ‘the Bull and Gate in Holborn is a corruption of the Gate of Boulogne, a gate at Calais on the road to Boulogue.’  He further explains that ‘the Bull and Mouth, a large coach inn… exhibits a bull standing by the side of a monstrous human mouth, almost as large as the bull itself,’ and is a corruption of the mouth or harbour of Boulogne. Nichols explains that ‘the sign was probably intended originally as a compliment to Henry VIII, who took the sea port in 1544.'