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Photo of Eight Bells

grid reference TM 386 649

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listed building grade II


Kelsale is part of the Kelsale cum Carlton parish


CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.


last updated 02/11/2017

Kelsale Eight Bells

historical era: late 20th century

opened about 1850

closed 1986

Bridge St

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Now residential and 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?

The pub is shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map

old OS map


(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)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.