Photo of Old Bell


closed 2007

Ipswich Old Bell

previously known as Bell

1-3 Stoke St, IP2 8BX

grid reference TM 163 438

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listed building grade II

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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)