TM2749 : Ye Olde Bell & Steelyard, New Street, Woodbridge

taken 1 year ago, near to Woodbridge, Suffolk, Great Britain

Ye Olde Bell & Steelyard, New Street, Woodbridge
Ye Olde Bell & Steelyard, New Street, Woodbridge
Grade I Listed inn probably constructed at the same time as New Street in 1550 as a terraced block of dwelling houses. The steelyard overhanging the road still exists and was in use immediately after the Second World War. The Steelyard, one of only two surviving in situ, is simply a weighing machine and is basically the forerunner to the public weighbridge. It was probably added in 1680. It was taken to London for an exhibition in 1879 and then reinstated. With a capacity of 3 tons it was last known to have been used to weigh an item in 1959. A tithe map of 1841 records 'The Fox Inn' on this site and is the first time an 'inn' appears on maps. With insufficient land for stabling it is unlikely to have been an 'Inn' in the traditional sense. This suggests that Ye Olde Bell & Steelyard only became an 'inn' between 1827 and 1841, however this topic is widely disputed. Several historians suggest that this building was a public house from the mid seventeenth century. Having been 'The Fox Inn' it has variously been known as 'Bluebell', 'Bell', 'Stillyards', and 'The Three Goats'.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 18 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 5 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Public House 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 2719 4914 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:5.6360N 1:18.9153E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 2718 4915
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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