The Ring O’ Bells pub in Kendal, Cumbria boasts something of a unique and unusual claim. The Ring O’ Bells is said to be the only pub in the UK to be on consecrated ground.
Originally built in the 1700s with the aim of providing refreshment to church wardens, it stands right alongside Kendal Parish Church. The original pub sign, depicting the bell ringers of that time, can even be found in the north aisle of the church.
In addition to its holy setting, the Ring O’ Bells is also rumoured to have served both Bonnie Prince Charlie and Charles Dickens.
The Ring O’ Bells has survived requests in the 1800s to get rid of the pub to make way for a Sunday School and closures in more recent times. Today it is a family run pub with two small bars.
Contrary Life has found evidence of two other pubs that are said to be on consecrated ground. The Savile Arms in Thornhill, Dewsbury and The Mug House in Claines, Worcestershire. So is the Ring O’ Bells really the only pub on consecrated ground? Contrary Life would like to hear from you if your local is as blessed as The Ring O’ Bells!
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