Kelsale Eight Bells
opened 1850 circa
grid reference TM 386 649
listed building grade II
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Kelsale is part of the Kelsale cum Carlton parish
last updated 26/03/2015
Now called Bell House.
Most of the building is early-mid 19th century, though parts date from the 16th. We are told by Alistair McCartney, a local resident, that the licence may have been granted when the Six Bells (opposite) closed as a pub - hence the similar name - which may also indicate that the peal of bells in the nearby church (of St.Mary & St.Peter) had also been upgraded from the original set? According to White's Directory (in 1874) the two extra bells were added in about 1831.
In 1855 the landlord is also listed as a brewer.
A Charles Abbott is also listed as landlord of the Ship in Blaxhall in 1879, close to where the Charles Abbott here is shown as having been born?
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(thanks to John Martin for the 1881 census corrections)