Photo of Five Bells

grid reference TL 936 618

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listed building grade II

Local licensing authority for Hessett is Mid Suffolk

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last updated 31/12/2019

Hessett Five Bells

historical closure era:

last owner Greene King

The Street, IP30 9AX

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The pub has been closed for some time and is understood to be undergoing renovation work with a view to reopening. There are, however, concerns locally that this may not come to fruition. When visited in March 2018, it appeared from the state of the site that all work has probably ground to a halt. This doesn't bode well for the pub's future.

Not far from the A14 (Beyton junction) but off the beaten track in the centre of this pretty village and opposite the Norman church, the heavily timbered Bells is a cosy pub. Two bars either side of the entrance lobby have log fires in large fireplaces. The massive Tudor brick post holding the sign above the entrance is said to be all that remains of the entry to a long demolished stately home. A record of landlords back to 1753 is framed in the bar.

The pub was extensively renovated during 2014/2015.

Not only is the pub itself a Listed Building; the pub sign pillar is also Grade II Listed.

The building was constructed in several phases in the 16th and 17th centuries.

"Muddy boots & well behaved dogs are welcome".

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)

(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)