In medieval times the Dukes of Norfolk had a country house on the Thames in Lambeth, next to the Archbishop of Canterbury's palace. When the fourth duke sold it in the 1550s the property included two inns, the George and the Bell. Of the house and the George, no traces remain, but the Bell stayed open until the late 20th century, albeit rebuilt.
This jolly, muscular bellringer stands on the chimney stack, sounding opening and closing times for ever, even though mine host put up the shutters and departed many years ago.
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