Our History

The Red Lion dates back to the 17th Century and although much altered, faced with brickwork and ashlar, the timber frame is still visible in some areas. There was at one time a timber malthouse situated on the site, to the rear of the public house, but this was demolished in the 1920s.

A rather curious feature of Bradley is a number of standing stones – one of which is at the entrance to the Red Lion car park. These monoliths are thought possibly to have been boundary markers for the extent of the settlement at some unknown time. The Webb Stone and the standing stone are now things of folklore and legend and there are three longstanding myths associated with them. One is that the devil stole the stones from the church to try and rebuild hell; as he began to run away the stones became heavier and heavier until he could no longer carry the burden and they remained where he dropped them. Another piece of folklore has it that the stones can help young women to predict their future. It was local tradition for unmarried girls to make offerings of a small cake to the stones on the 31st of October and in the morning they would see the face of their future husband. The stones are also referred to locally as ‘The Travellers’ and it is said that they sometimes turn around!

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