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The Bell Inn

Former Georgian Coaching Inn which in 1823 became a staging post on the Norwich to Fakenham Turnpike.  The wings are later additions.  Closed in 1970 and converted into flats.  Even the stables have been turned into living accomodation.

COACHING ROUTES.     Extract from “A new and accurate description of all the direct and principal roads in England and Wales”, by Lieutenant Colonel Paterson 1811 :-

Lynn to North Walsham, by Litcham, Reepham, Cawston and Aylsham.  Stopping at Bawdeswell Bell.

London to Cromer, by Newmarket, Brandon, Watton and East Dereham.  Stopping at Bawdeswell Bell.

London to Cromer 1804 - 107 miles to Bawdeswell

“Tangleford”, The Street, Bawdeswell. (Near the Tollhouse) -  Coaching horses changed here on the way from Norwich to Fakenham.