A Jacobean style Grade 1 17th Century listed building near the Cross. Costa Coffee now occupies the ground floor and the Old Bell Inn is upstairs.
It is said that the building was constructed with parts of the ‘Mayflower’, the famous vessel that transported the Pilgrim Fathers on their legendary voyage to America in 1620. It is believed that when the Mayflower was scrapped its timbers were sold and used to construct the house in Southgate Street that later became the Old Bell. The impressive 17th frontage has wooden windows that look like those found on old sailing ships and the interior of the Old Bell has impressive wooden panelling. There is an ornately carved fireplace.
In May 2006 the Old Bell was sold for £1.5 million.
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2006 Paul and Nikki Hardwick
2008 Paul Soden (opened 1st Dec)