In 1897 the landlord’s 16 year old daughter died from Scarlet Fever. The ‘Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Standard’ reported on 25th August of that year: ‘It appeared that the deceased had been ailing for some days with a sore throat and pains in the head and left side, but she was out in the street on the Wednesday. She took some beef tea, and went to bed at 5.30 in the evening, sleeping with her sister Alice, who was ill with scarlatina, three other members of the family being in an adjoining room suffering from the same complaint. The mother, who had herself suffered from scarlet fever, visited the room several times during the night and, at four o’clock in the morning, noticed a great change in the deceased, when examined she proved to be quite dead.’

The Bell Inn is not mentioned in the 1903 licensing book of Gloucestershire inns and taverns. The 300 year old building is now in use as the Old Bell Pottery. It was once two separate cottages.

Map Reference: SU 213995

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Cirencester Brewery

Rateable Value in 1891: £12.2s.3d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Landlords at the Bell Inn include:

1856 G. Hawkins

1891 Charles Stevens

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