Charles Lloyd became proprietor of the Blue Bell
in 1837. An anti-slavery activist, he was the father
of Frances Paschall Lloyd who was born at the
Blue Bell. and kept a diary about 1853.
She later married William Serrill and moved to
the Lloyd house in Darby (where the school buses
now park) on Main St..(below)
Blue Bell Inn on Cobbs Creek
Blue Bell (1766) 7303 Woodland Avenue.
Built by Henry Paschall on the main stagecoach road
between  Philadelphia and the southern colonies,
the Bell was the scene of a battle in November 1777
between 2500 British under Lord Cornwallis and 28
Americans stationed as a pickett guard during the
British occupation of Philadelphia and the seige at
Fort Mifflin.
The three story addition to the right was built about
1801 and taken down about 1940.  The picture is from
the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and
was taken in 1936. The 1766 Bell is the portion to the left.
View from the 1904 Trolley Bridge
looking across what would have been the
Serrill back yard looking toward
Main Street and the Darby Library.
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More information about the Blue Bell
Blue Bell Postcard from the collection of Ed Springer
Picture above, J. Haigis, to right, B. Borders
Pictures of the Blue Bell
sign and datestone below.. The "HP" is
believed to stand for Henry Paschall
Battle at the Blue Bell (1777)
1683 letter from Thos Paskel,
Picture of Susanna Pearson Lloyd (Mother of