Battle for Bull Centre

The story of Battle for Bull Centre. For 22 years the Salvation Army had held weekend evening meetings at the Bull Centre, the town’s traditional meeting place in front of the Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel.  Then, in July 1908 the police instructed the Salvation Army that no further meetings will be permitted there because they caused obstruction of the public highway. The legislation was principally aimed at those holding political meetings.  The Dartford Salvationists ignored the police instructions and in August 1908 number of members were summoned for causing obstruction to traffic. Local magistrates found the accused guilty and they were fined and refused to pay and were sent to prison.  Public outcry soon led to their release and they were given hero’s welcome when they returned to Dartford. The dispute was later settled at the meeting between the Salvation Army, the Council and the Police.

Battle for Bull Centre

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