National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Bull Stake


Type Readymade

     The replica of the original bull stake was a short section of a tree trunk with an iron ring fixed in the centre of the upper surface, to which a bull would have been tethered.
     The name of the Bull Stake derives from its purpose, and the fact that bull-baiting used to take place in the area. The original stake has not survived but the facsimile can be found in Willenhall Library. In 1977, to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth's accession, the Council erected a symbolic bull stake (1). In August 1987 there was a proposal to erect a public sculpture on the site, depicting an actual size representational or stylised bull chained to stake with matching actual size bulldogs, this was not carried out. Both the original bull stake and 1977 replica have since disappeared, another replica exists in Willenhall Library.


Metal plaque on nearby wall: From the seventeen century, or earlier, the area from the Bull Stake was the main focus of the town of Darlaston. The Bull Stake itself was originally situated a few feet to the south-west of its present position, and was used until Victorian times in connection with the popular bloodsports of bull and bear baiting.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
unknown, None Other

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Wooden stake Tree trunk 70cm high x 34cm diameter
Ring Iron 7cm approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwaDAvh007 BM
General condition Not Visible
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road The Bull Stake
Precise location (Original and replica now lost, a replica exists in Willenhall Library)
A-Z ref 32 4B
OS ref SO977966
Date of design None
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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