The Bell, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

the needs of the traveller. Some notable examples are the Red Lion, Colchester, built in 1470 as a private house of a wealthy burgess and converted into an inn early in the sixteenth century; the Bull, Long Melford, Suffolk, built in about 1450 for a wealthy cloth merchant when the town had a flourishing woollen trade and becoming an inn in about 1570, and the Falcon and the White Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, originally built for wealthy merchants. At the same time inns were also run by the lord of the manor, perhaps converting a former residence or constructing a purpose-built building – for instance, the Spread Eagle, Midhurst, West Sussex.

At the same time many new inns were built, often incorporating a

The Bell, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

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The Bell, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

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