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17th-century amusement, particularly popular in England, in which trained dogs (bulldogs) attacked a tethered bull. Bullbaiting, along with bullrunning (in which the bull was run down and killed by humans), bearbaiting, cockfighting, and dogfighting, was prohibited in Great Britain by an act of Parliament in 1835.
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37; and for more on the Market Place and the bullbaitings there, see Edward Trollope.
Lots of things were illegal in 19th-century Birmingham: prize-fighting, bullbaiting, gambling, dog-fighting, the list is endless.