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The Bell Inn

A Grade II* Listed Building in Stilton, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.4891 / 52°29'20"N

Longitude: -0.2885 / 0°17'18"W

OS Eastings: 516303

OS Northings: 289289

OS Grid: TL163892

Mapcode National: GBR GZ8.ZVN

Mapcode Global: VHGL1.YPBP

Plus Code: 9C4XFPQ6+MH

Entry Name: The Bell Inn

Listing Date: 25 September 1951

Last Amended: 30 March 1989

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1216001

English Heritage Legacy ID: 401295

Location: Stilton, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, PE7

County: Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Stilton

Built-Up Area: Stilton

Traditional County: Huntingdonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Stilton St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Listing Text

In the entry for-
(East side)
Nos 1 and 3 (Stilton
10/54 Audio) and The Bell

The address shall be amended to read -

(East side)
10/54 The Bell Inn


TL 1689
(East Side)
10/54 Nos. 1 and 3
(Stilton Audio) and
25.9.51 the Bell Inn


Inn, house and shop, formerly a coaching inn. 1642 dated stone on south gable,
alterations and rebuilding c.1700 and C18; C19 part conversion to three
tenements. Renovated with replacement of south-east wing c.1985. Coursed
limestone rubble with Ketton limestone dressings and C18 red brick.
Collyweston stone slated roofs and C19 pantiles. Two storeys with attics.
original half H-plan with two wings at rear to north and south both
demolished; bay to north rebuilt in C18. Six unequal bays to west elevation
with cross gables to north and south and segmental headed arch to carriageway
right of centre. Rear arch inscription painted blacok 'LONDON 74 HUNTINGDON
12 BUCKDEN 14 STAMFORD 14 MILES'. Three two storey canted bay windows and one
of two storeys with attic and one ground floor bay. All bays originally with
hollow-chamfered mullioned windows, some with block side lights, and wide hung
C18 sash windows, inserted, others recently renovated. Deep plinth continuous
around bay windows, moulded strings at head of windows at both floor levels
are raised above archway. Two blank shields in spandrels above arch, and
moulded imposts to jambs. Two tall symmetrical ridge stacks each with six
ashlar shafts with common strings and cornices. Two entrances (Nos. 1 and 3),
deeply recessed with wooden panelled reveals, approached by stone and brick
steps with a C18 and C19 panelled door; right hand entrance with C19 door in
inn in south bay. Interior: stop-chamfered ceiling beams. Back to back
stone fireplaces with four-centred arches and moulded details to the inn and
similar with plain chamfered details to Nos. 1 and 3, at each floor level.
C17 staircase beside stack with octagonal newel post, and C18 open string
staircase with moulded hand rail and turned balusters. Very fine wrought iron
inn sign to right hand. Cooper Thornhill purchased the Bell in c.1730 and
popularised the sale of Stilton cheeses, in 1796 a considerable cheese trade
was associated with the inn.

V C H Huntingdonshire, p222
R C H M Huntingdonshire, p257
Pevsner: Buildings of England, p266
Sale particulars in British Evening Post, 14 July 1796

Listing NGR: TL1630389289

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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