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Former Bell pub, 72 Old High Street


The Bell

The Old Bell was originally a beerhouse that occupied the seventeenth-century stables adjacent to the later pub. In 1930 the New Bell was built to resemble a country cottage with black ship’s timbers, and the postcard above shows it when it was new.

In March 1874 Alfred Marlow, a gardener by trade, was landlord of the Bell; he died the following month.

In the 1990s a private house was built on the site of the old stables/beerhouse. The pub itself closed in 2000, and was demolished in May 2002 and replaced by another private house.

© Stephanie Jenkins

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