Closed between 1925 and the early 1930s
11 Market Place
grid reference TM 336 897
The Bell was listed in the 1909 town Rates book as "Late Bell". As this book was in use until the early 1930s and the last directory entry found was from 1925, we can infer that it probably closed between those dates.
It may also be listed in Upper Olland St.
The pub is shown (though unnamed) on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
Robert Becket was in court having feloniously killed and slayed Henry Plumb. Both Becket and Plumb had been drinking before they met in the Bell, after a short arguement Beckett challanged Plumb to a fight. Felningham ordered both men out. Plumb died the next day from a rupture of the bowels. There was no evidence of Plumb being kicked and witnesses described it as a fair fight and that the men had fallen onto a chair. Becket was found not guilty.Bury & Norwich Post, July 15th 1890** (when Maria Felningham was landlady)
The license for the Bell was transferred to Messrs. Bullard of Norwich, on the application of Mr…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.