There is some confusion on where the Bell Inn was located in Cambridge. In c.1910 the Bell was trading in the centre of the village in the building that now trades as Bell House Antiques (GL2 7BD). However, an earlier photograph shows the inn sign of the Bell at at the property now called Bells Cottages (GL 7BB). The rateable values for the Bell Inn are £14.10s.0d in 1891 and £14.0s.0d. in 1903, the decrease seemingly contradicting the transfer of the license to a larger establishment. The Bell Inn was de-licensed in June 1914.
To confuse matters even further a property called Cambridge Villas in Bristol Road GL2 7BQ) was advertised for sale in the summer of 2008, and the sales particulars stated that it was ‘a former coach inn dating back to around 1850’.
This page will be updated with less confusing information! Please contact me if you can give the history and location of the Bell at Cambridge.
Map Reference: SO 748035
Rateable Value in 1891: £14.10s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1891: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery, Stroud
Rateable Value in 1903: £14.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery, Stroud
Closing time in 1903: 10pm
Landlords at the Bell Inn include:
1830 William Orchard
1856 W. Savage
1885 Hy. Edmunds
1891,1906 Henry Edmonds