Listed Buildings in Ipswich: No 23 Old Bell Inn
The Old Bell Inn on Stoke Street was, before it closed in 2007, the oldest licensed premises in Ipswich. Dating from the early 16th century the inn probably took its name from a bell foundry that existed on the site before the inn was built.
A regular watering hole for farmers on their way to the town’s cattle market it was at one time famous for the cock fights that were held outback.
The original inn would have been much larger as a section on the left of the pub was demolished several hundred years ago to make way for Vernon Street which stands between it and the waterfront.
In the same year that it closed planning permission was obtained to refurbish the inn, expanding its accommodation to include a large restaurant, new kitchen and eight en-suite bedrooms although no movement on that front seems to be forthcoming, while more recent news (2009) that it would reopen as a sports bar seems to be wide of the mark too.