Ipswich Old Bell
previously known as Bell
1-3 Stoke St, IP2 8BX
grid reference TM 163 438
listed building grade II
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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 27/02/2016
Prior to closure, the Old Bell was reputed to be the oldest pub in Ipswich (believed to date from the early 16th century and recorded in 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 constructed; 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, though to date (February 2016) nothing has happened and the building remains empty.
(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)