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Little Cornard Bell
also traded as as: One Bellhistorical closure era: mid 20th century
We were told the Bell was in Spout Lane, though the map below shows (albeit not very clearly) a beerhouse slightly further east, actually in Upper Road. Although this may have been a different beerhouse it seems most likely it was the Bell. It can be seen on the 1928 OS map as a beerhouse, but the 1958 map doesn't show it, so presumably it closed between those dates. The current building will be about a century old, as a report in the Suffolk Free Press** on 30 Aug 1911 makes clear:
At a meeting of the Petty Sessions, Mr Mauldon said that the Bell Inn at Little Cornard which had been destroyed by fire has been compltely rebuilt. The tenant, Miss Jane Bell was so afffected by the fire she could not continue and she asked the bench if the licence could be transferred to her nephew Ernest Reeve. Granted.
The Bell is shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
The Suffolk Free Press** also reported on November 23rd 1910 on the fire that had occurred:
A fire has destroyed the Bell Inn at Little Cornard. The alarm was discovered by the landlady Miss Jane Bell who alerted her neighbours, Harry Rowe and Frank Isom. The owners are Messrs Mauldon.
Large numbers of people visited the site on Sunday and Monday
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** reports reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)