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Important Covid information

Although the latest lockdown has now ended, Suffolk remains in Tier Two, which means that drinks on the premises can only be sold with "substantial" meals. This of course rules out reopening for the vast majority of pubs. As and when pubs reopen, we will list them on this page and highlight them on location pages.

Many pubs which are unable to reopen yet (and some that have reopened) are selling food and drink to take away. These are listed on this page.

Please note that due to government regulations, all takeaway drinks must be pre-booked by telephone, text or other means.

Kelsale Eight Bells

Kelsale Eight Bells

closed 1986

opened about 1850

Bridge St

grid reference TM 386 649

Now residential and called Bell House.

Most of the building is early-mid 19th century, though parts date from the 16th. We are told by Alistair McCartney, a local resident, that the licence may have been granted when the Six Bells (opposite) closed as a pub - hence the similar name - which may also indicate that the peal of bells in the nearby church (of St.Mary & St.Peter) had also been upgraded from the original set? According to White's Directory (in 1874) the two extra bells were added in about 1831.

In 1855 the landlord is also listed as a brewer.

A Charles Abbott is also listed as landlord of the Ship in Blaxhall in 1879, close to where the Charles Abbott here is shown as having been born?

The pub is shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map

old OS map

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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(thanks to John Martin for the 1881 census corrections)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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