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Reputedly 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.
Reports (November 2009) in the local media suggest there may be a possibility that the Old Bell will re-open as a "sports bar".
(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)