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Bell Hotel

13 Market Place, Faringdon, Vale of White Horse

There is much history behind the Bell which was opened as a hospice in 1202 by the Order of St Mary of Citax following the grant of land at Farringdon by King John. The hospice cared for pilgrims and monks and swore by the efficacy of the natural spring waters as a cure for the infirm. The monks produced three beers for local inns and one brew was known as Wilkin le Neket because of its weakness. The ghost of a monk who died in the building is believed to haunt it. During the English Civil War Cromwell ordered the execution of several mutinous soldiers outside the Bell and their ghosts are said to remain. In 1646, a dreadful fire took away most of the town and the Bell was obliged to have the frontage rebuilt.
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