Ipswich Old Bell
also traded as as: Bellhistorical era: 21st century
1-3 Stoke St, IP2 8BX
grid reference TM 163 438Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
listed building grade II
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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 05/02/2017
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.
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 mediaeval 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. For a long time the building was left to deteriorate and get vandalised, but in September 2016 we saw signs of work finally starting.
(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)