South West, 52.32675,1.39162
closed 3rd March 1958
grid reference TM 312 752
It's shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
The Bell was built in 1570, according to the date on a beam inside.
The license was surrendered in 1958, leaving Cratfield dry until the Poacher opened in 1979.
Mr Richard Wayneforth was looking to sell an estate of property that included six named inns, one of these was the Bell-Inn at Cratfield, in the tenure of John Smith. The other public houses were all in Norfolk. Mr Wayneforth planned to let out his "well accustomed Brewing Office and Malting Office" in Roydon, within one mile of Diss.Ipswich Journal, 29 Mar 1740***
To be sold by auction Cratfield Bell in occupation of James Barber, butcher as tenant comprising large kitchen, parlour, wash house, pantries, cellar, 4 chambers and a stable. Also 2 cottages and blacksmith shop at inn plus a garden and orchard… all tenants have notice to quit at Micklemas next…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** 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.