Closed between 1920 and 1970
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***
Cratfield Fair having been postponed from June, in consequence of the Smallpox at Laxfield, will be held on 22 Sep 1825. Several respectable dealers have agreed to send a quantity of neat stock and lambs to the fair. An Ordinary will be provided at the Bell Inn, at 2pm, when the company of friends and others will be esteemed a favour, by their humble servant, Joshua Moore…
(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.