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Ipswich Old Bell

Ipswich Old Bell

also traded as Bell, le Stone, Blue Bell

North East, 52.05106,1.15403

closed 2007

1-3 Stoke St, IP2 8BX

grid reference TM 163 438

The pub can be seen on this OS town plan from about 1880 (larger map).

old OS map

Prior to closure, the Old Bell was reputed to be the oldest pub in Ipswich (believed to date from the early 16th century and certainly recorded as early as 1639). A Bell Inn is known to have existed in this area since well before the Civil War. Part of the building was demolished when Vernon street was built in 1860s.

The name may refer to a bell foundry which existed nearby before the inn was built; there's documentary evidence of this as far back as medieval times.

The building was empty and decaying for many years after the pub closed in 2007; in 2014 planning permission to convert it into an undertaker's office was granted…

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

(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)

(** 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.

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