Some history of the Bell Inn at Alderminster in the County of Worcestershire

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Alderminster : Map extract showing the Bell Inn [1884]

Alderminster : Pigeon Shooting for a Fat Ox at the Bell Inn [1884]

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Licensees of the Bell Inn

1888 - George Ditchfield
1896 - Joseph Tipping
1904 - Joseph Tipping
1912 - Elizabeth Tipping
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub. The dates of early licensees are sourced from trade directories, census data, electoral rolls, rate books and newspaper articles. Names taken from trade directories may be slightly inaccurate as there is some slippage from publication dates and the actual movement of people.

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Related Newspaper Articles

"On the 19th inst. an inquest was held at the Bell Inn, Alderminster, before T. B. Couchman, Esq., on the body of Edward Seeney. It appeared that on the 15th inst. the deceased was in charge of a waggon, loaded with faggots, and on passing over the tramway at Alderminster he spoke sharply to the horses, which commenced trotting, and the deceased stumbled and fell; the wheels of the waggon passed over his body, and he expired a few minutes afterwards. A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned."
Oxfordshire Weekly News : September 27th 1876 Page 5

"At Shipston-on-Stour, on Wednesday, Martin Bayley, Alderminster, was charged with the wilful murder of Thomas Grimmett, at Alderminster, on the 14th ult. Prisoner made the following voluntary statement : "Grimmett struck me first. I went to see Edward Rouse home, and on turning back I met the deceased on the footpath. He put up his hands and said to me "That's the man," and we struggled and fell. I struck him twice. Grimmet was at the bottom when we fell, and when I got up I found that he waa dead. I should not have hit him if he had not brought it up about my father at the Bell." Evidence was taken to the effect that on the night in question the prisoner and Grimmett were drinking together at the Bell Inn, Alderminster, where they quarrelled. The deceased left, and prisoner followed him. Soon after blows were heard, followed by voices calling, "Give it him Mart," and "Don't kick him Mart." Deceased fell with his head in the hedge. William Kean swore he heard prisoner and deceased "differing," and saw the two men face each other. Prisoner struck deceased - to all appearance on the head. Prisoner pleaded not guilty, but was committed for trial for wilful murder."
"Fatal Affray"
Leicester Chronicle : May 12th 1877 Page 11

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