1-9 Bell Lane

  • Early 1960s, 1-9 Bell Lane. Frith series WTY .27F
  • Similar probably 1950s with the imame referred to as 'Whittinghams' but not sure which house.
Archive Notes:

Early 1960s. Cottages on left originally part of the Bell Inn, open gateway at end led to Infants School.

Chillingworth House was an inn, the Bell Inn, before 1612, and it stayed an inn until 1862 when John Ring, malster, had to dispose of this in the 1860s to William Chillingworth and its related properties in Bell Lane in satisfaction of a £250 loan which he could not repay. The property was sold on the latter's death in 1908 to the occupier, Bathard.

Numbers 1 & 3 Bell Lane were originally part of the Bell Inn. It is believed that the Bell Lane facades of Chillingworth House and 1 and 3 Bell Lane were re-built in brick after William Chillingworth acquired these properties.

Listing details state 'Three houses. C18. Part colourwashed limestone rubble with some squared dressings; late C20 concrete tile roof with brick stacks. 4-unit range. Single-unit cottages to left, of 2 storeys, each have a door and 2-light casement at ground floor and there is a further door to extreme left, all under brick segmental arches. 2-light small-pane casements at first floor. Central shared stack. 2-window front of No. 9, to right, of one storey plus attics, has flush banding and dressings of squared rubble. Central door is flanked by wide 2-light small-pane casements under segmental arches with 2 gabled dormers above. Stack to right. Interiors not inspected. Nos 5 and 7 were originally subsidiary buildings to No 64 High Street (q.v.) and Nos 1 and 3 Bell Lane (q.v.), formerly The Bell Inn'.

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