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Bell and Bear, Shelton
pen drawing by Neville Malkin - Sept 1974
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photos taken 2000
This Bear and Bell replaced an earlier inn with the same name on the same site at the beginning on the 20th C.
Its name may derive from the brutal pastime of bear-baiting, often practiced by the tough breed of colliers, farmers and potters who lived hereabouts in the eighteenth century. In those days Shelton's population was little over 500, living in 100 dwellings, served by at least four inns and ale houses, including the original Bell and Bear.
Today's Bell and Bear was an Edwardian delight and the appearance enhanced by the attractive wall-mounted inn-sign.
This pub was closed for several years and came very near to demolition before being rescued and refurbished in the 1980's.