A little history

When the property now known as The Bell was first built it was a farm dwelling, forming part of a considerable estate. The earliest recorded occupant of the property is one Thomas Calfe who is mentioned in a sale document of 1611 when one Esau Quy purchased the property described then as :- One messuage with barn, 12 Acres of arable land, 3 planted with hops and stables therein adjoining and belonging to, held by Samuel East previously held by Thomas Calfe purchased by said Quy.  In an auction inventory of 1684, a “Brewe-House”  is included, though only 7 acres of land remain on record.

In 1703, the property was purchased by one Elias Congbarrow, a brewer and hop grower of the town of Faversham. In august of the same year he was granted a 6 day ale and Cider Licence. In 1711, the licence was transferred to one Anthony Giles, an Inn Keeper of Deal, who registered the property under the title of The Bell.

In 1715 the rector of the parish held the first tithe supper at The Bell and in 1718 with his help and persuasion a 7 day licence was granted on condition that no liquor be administered between the hours of divine service. The penalty for doing so was a day in the stocks, a heavy fine or in some cases a flogging.

The Bell is mentioned in a will drawn up in 1733 when one Thomas Drover decreed the “mye tenemente or hospicum known by name and sine of The Bell with its lande therefor belonginge, situate and lyinge within the parish of Minstere upon mye passinge shale be taken up by mye  wife Catherine”.

At the height of the coaching era The Bell was and established halt where local and private coaches would await the through coach. During this period The Bell became a posting house and remained so until the coming of the first Post Office in Minster.

In 1864, The Bell was lit by gaslight for the first time. In 1874 keeper George Millshire advertised “Pleasure and recreation grounds and Tea Gardens”. From the early 18th century until the advent of the car The Bell was renowned for its stabling facilities and hiring of coaches and wagonettes. In 1891 keeper John Hayward (late Filmer) advertised, Good stabling and lockup coach house). At this date Faversham Ales were served here. 36 gallons of mild ale then cost 30 shillings (about £2.40).

The Bell has seen and undergone many changes since it was first built but the historic charm and character remains unchanged. So stay, enjoy the fayre and reflect upon those bygone days

The Bell Inn at the turn of the last century

Lovely meal in there last night, great food, fab waitress, highly recommend”


 Folkestone, UK


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Sunday 12.00noon to 4.00pm

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The Bell Inn at the turn of the last century

2 High Street

Minster near Ramsgate


CT12 4BU

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