Historic pub for sale as owners call time after 47 years

Published May 13th, 2016

An historic Northamptonshire hostelry, believed to be the oldest pub in England, has come on the market as current owners Dennis and Jo Willmott call time after 47 years.

The Bell Inn at Bell Hill, Finedon, which has monastic origins from 1042, is for sale through Berrys with a guide price of £595,000.

“The sale of The Bell Inn offers a rare opportunity to purchase an exceptional ‘Free House’ Inn that is well located in the heart of a conservation area in the village of Finedon just four miles from the popular town of Wellingborough,” said Pierre Farnsworth who is handling the sale for Berrys at the Kettering office.

“The inn is a unique building which has been well kept and has considerable scope for expansion. The current owners Dennis and Jo Willmott are retiring after 47 years and the interior is exceptional and unspoilt.

“As well as the large floor area to the Inn, there is extensive residential accommodation and consent on the outbuildings for partially completed en suite bedrooms served by a large car park to the rear,” he explained.

With origins in the area recorded in 1042 as Tingdene Hostelrie, a monastic hospice for travellers within the royal manor of Queen Edith, The Bell Inn is thought to be the oldest pub in England. The current Listed main Inn was built in 1598 – stone farm barns within the site suggest farm use – and in 1872 the Mackworth – Dolben family carried out a Victorian Gothic adaptation of the main façade.

The property sits in an area of around 0.52 acres with 120 feet of street frontage and the Inn includes: three serving bars, snug room, front  back and side bar rooms, dining room and barn restaurant (81 covers), over 100 internal covers, 50 parking spaces, garden area, cellars, stores, rear courtyard, lobbies, commercial kitchen, full services, barn conversion for four motel units (not complete).

The house comprises ground floor fitted kitchen, lounge, hallways and WC and on the first floor there are landings, six bedrooms, two bathrooms and stairs to the attic bedroom.

Outside there is a large car park, gardens with countryside views plus a large garage with storage.

Viewing is strictly by appointment through the agents Berrys on 01536 532376 or email

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Residential Sales Negotiator
Tel: 01536 532376
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Pierre grew up in Northamptonshire and attended Oundle School, he then moved abroad for an 8 year period, living and working in France, Sweden and Tanzania.

Pierre is Residential Sales Negotiator and focuses on small development sites and high and low end value rural and urban property. His work is generally based in the Northamptonshire area but also in the surrounding counties in support of other practitioners in our regional network of offices.