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Pub History

About The Blue Bell Inn

blue bell boardThe Blue Bell's history goes back an extremely long time ago. The first mention of the Blue Bell dates back to Thursday July 16th 1772 in an edition of The Stamford Mercury.

During the 1930's, The Blue Bell was mainly used as a breakfast stop for the local quarry workers.  However, the landlord at the time; a man named "Tinker Joe", limited the quarry workers meals to only two pints. Despite being allowed only 2 pints, it is said that the quarry workers could make half a pint of beer last all night!

In 1835, pubs had restricted opening hours from the local authorities so the opening times for the pubs would be from six in the morning til nine in the evening. However, on Sundays, Christmas Day, Good Fridays and Feast Days, the times were limited to 6am-10am, 1-2pm and 5-8pm. This was done to prevent drunkenness during church services. 

If the locals were drunk and disorderly in the street, a fine of 5 shillings would have to be paid. Heavier fines would be imposed on the landlords permitting drunkness on their premises. For the first offence, two pounds and 10 shillings would have to be paid. For the second offence, 5 pounds would be fined. Fights were expected to happen and were not the fault of the landlord. 

Drunken brawls would occasionally happen on Friday and Saturday nights. One night due to fights, every window in the bell was smashed and sacks were nailed up to serve the customers over Sunday. 

 

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