The Old Bell is Derby’s largest and last surviving coaching Inn. Built in 1650 it was once considered one of the most prestigious coaching Inns outside of London.
Set in the heart of Derby it was a bustling coaching Inn , being the main stop off point for stagecoaches and the mail trade coming in from all over the world. It also played host to doctors surgerys, court sessions and its cellars were also used as prison cells.
Over the centuries the Inn has played host to many visitors including Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army in 1745 who were billeted to the upper floors on their ill fated march to London. Some more recent famous visitors have included Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
Music has played an important part in the Bells history from afternoon concerts in the Ballroom in 1775 to grooving the night away in the discotheque in 1975. The Bell is also very well known for a more ghoulish reason as it is one of the most haunted buildings in the city, with more than 12 different ghosts
In 2013 the Old Bell went through the largest renovation project in its history. Entrepreneur Paul Hurst worked with Derby City Council and English Heritage on a two year project to restore the crumbling building the results of which are outstanding. Having won various Heritage awards the Old Bell has regained its prestigious dignity and once again sits proud in the beautiful Cathedral Quarter.
In 2015 Paul Hurst recieved The Royal Crown Derby Outstanding Achievement Award for his work in restoring this much loved building.