Real Ale is sold here.
129 Main Rd, IP5 1AA
grid reference TM 218 457
opened 16th century
owner/operator: Punch Taverns
A lively main road pub catering for a youthful clientèle and offering Sky TV and pub games including pool.
The building dates from the 16th century, with 17th and 20th century alterations.
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
A book called "The story of Kesgrave" by Gerald and Margaret Ponting (published in 1981) contains the following comment: Samuel Ward (a radical town preacher of Ipswich from 1603-34 and son of Dr John Ward - vicar of Haverhill) frequently preached at St Mary-le-tower - three times a week - giving long sermons that were referred to as "Watch Wards". One sermon called "Woe to Drunkards" was also published in book form in 1627 and called for the closing of ale houses and the end of the practice of the drinking of healths... it contained the following lesson: "an incident occurred at the Bell inn in Kesgrave as follows…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** historical details supplied by Neil Langridge)