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Blue Bell Inn



The Blue Bell Inn was situated at 378 Victoria Street (previously known as Loft Street). In 1838 James Kennington was landlord, then John Smith, and Jas Stringer, Benjamin Ainsworth took over in the mid 1840's and his family stayed at the pub for over 30 years. In 1877 J. Trofer took over, then Mary Ann Jewitt, Henry Arkins, J. Wiles, W. Grey. In 1883 Henry Atkinson landlord of the 'Blue Bell'  Victoria Street North was charged by Sergeant Walkington with permitting drunkenness on Saturday night, December 30th. It was stated there were six prostitutes and several fisherlads in defendants house, some were sat and others were standing and all were drinking. The magistrates were strongly disposed to endorse defendant's licence as they believed he was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence.The pub closed in 1923 and became The Workingman's Home. It was eventually demolished. 

Source: Doreen Tyson

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