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Bell, AdelaideRef 314-1064
[1836-1903] Daughter of Mr Bell.

Born in Thornton in Craven.

She married (1) Unknown.

She married (2) John Wrigglesworth

She married (3) William Singleton

Bell, AndrewRef 314-1712
[1753-1832] Scottish Anglican clergyman. He pioneered the Madras System of education in which the more able pupils helped the teacher to teach the other pupils. He was the first superintendent of National Schools Society. National Schools were also known as Bell Schools and Bellian Schools.

In 1816, he visited the newly-opened Bell School, Harrison Road

Bell, AnthonyRef 314-3217
[1801-1???] He was a tea dealer [1841].

He married Jane [1811-1???].


  1. Mary [b 1835]
  2. Emma [b 1838]

The family lived at Waring Green, Brighouse [1841]

Bell, FrederickRef 314-1822
[1850-1874] Son of Thomas Bell, miner.

He was a coal miner of Halifax [1873] / a miner of Southowram.

In 1873, he married Malinda Kendall at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Fred [Q3/1874]

Frederick died before their son was born. [Q1 1874] (aged 24)  In 1878, George Henry Bell [b 1876] was baptised at Christ Church, Staincliffe – parents Frederick Bell, miner of Chapel Fold, and Malinda – but Frederick died in 1874, so could not be the father. A possible father is Joseph Waring who was lodging with Malinda in 1881

Bell, Rev Frederick RichardRef 314-1203
[1856-19??] Son of Rev Richard Bell.

Born in Beverley [14th January 1856].

He was educated at Woodhouse Grove School & Headingley College / largely instrumental in founding Scarborough College for Boys / a contributor to various newspapers and magazines / Wesleyan Conference correspondent for leading daily papers [for 25  years] / minister at King Cross Wesleyan Church, Halifax [1911-1915].

In [Q3] 1882, he married Fanny Matilda Sara [1858-19??] in Truro.

Fanny Matilda was the daughter of George Sara, of Truro


  1. Winifred Maude [b Woolwich Q1/1886]
  2. Hilda Jessie [b Penzance Q4/1887]
  3. Adah Muriel [b Penzance Q3/1889]
  4. Frederick Stanley W. [b Scarborough Q4/1896]
  5. daughter who died young [before 1911]

The family lived at

Frederick Richard died either in Liverpool [Q1/1917] (aged 60), or in Bath [Q2/1937] (aged 81) 

Bell, Frederick WilliamRef 314-892

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action in a failed attack on Schwaben Redoubt [3rd September 1916].

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France, and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Bell, George HenryRef 314-2919
[18??-19??] A servant (boots) at the Bull's Head, Sowerby Bridge.

He was charged with, having on the 13th August 1901, attempted to murder Christabel Ethel Seaman, who also worked at the pub.

At the trial, it was heard that Bell fired a revolver at Seamen after she had rejected his advances.

Bell was sentenced to 3 months' imprisonment

Bell, GilbertRef 314-2
[1???-1???] Son of William Bell of Lower Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire.

He married 15th September 1903 at St Martin's Church, Brighouse.

Florence was the daughter of
Matthew Wood

The Brighouse Echo reported

Few weddings have created such interest locally as the nuptials celebrated at St James Church, the sacred edifice was crowded in every part, and in the roadway that separates Brooklands, the home of the bride, there were hundreds of people congregated, anxious to obtain as good a view as possible. The short distance that had to be traversed enabled carriages to be dispensed with and a crimson carpet to be laid across the road for the convenience of the bride

Bell, Harold MozartRef 314-893
[1893-1915] Son of Sarah & Christopher Bell, of Hedon Road, Marfleet, Hull.

The family were members of the Salvation Army.

He lived at Woodside, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [5th May 1915] (aged 22).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 20], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Bell, Dr J. J.Ref 314-3216
[19??-1???] LRCP, LRCS.

Medical practitioner at Birthright View, Cornholme [1895]

Bell, JamesRef 314-1662
[18??-19??] MRCVS. Veterinary surgeon for Brighouse [1894]

Bell, JohnRef 314-1104
[16??-16??] Curate at Lightcliffe [1652-1655].

Heywood includes him in his list of the great number of wretched drunken preachers at Lightcliffe, and adds

a wretched Scotchman, yet could have spoken well

Bell, JohnRef 314-1851
[1807-18??] Born in Halifax.

He was landlord of the White Hart, Soyland [1845, 1851].

He married Sarah [1810-18??].

Sarah was born in Leeds

Bell, JohnRef 314-1421
[1897-1917] Son of John William Bell, coachman.

The family travelled and lived in various towns.

John was born at 12 Thorn Street, Halifax.

Baptised at St Paul's Church, King Cross [14th February 1897]

He was as an office boy for a solicitor in Oldham.

During World War I, he enlisted in Oldham and served as a Private with Q Company 11th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

He was killed in action [16th August 1917] (aged 20).

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 120-124, 162-162A & 163A]

Bell, John CampbellRef 314-1757
[1876-1943] Son of Francis Bell, caretaker.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a cotton piecer of Portland Street, Elland [1895] / an iron worker [1901] / an iron foundry labourer [1911].

On 16th June 1895, he married Mary Elizabeth Crossley at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Elizabeth, of Jepson Lane, Elland, was the daughter of
John Crossley


  1. Harry [b 1896] who was a woollen piecer [1911]
  2. Walter Pearson who was a worsted doffer [1911]
  3. Archie [b 1904]
  4. Amy [b 1907]
  5. Marion [b 1909]
  6. Jack [b 1910]

The children were born in Elland.

They lived at

  • 9 Jessop Lane, Elland (with Mary Elizabeth's widowed  mother) [1901]
  • 9 Jessop Lane, Elland [1911]

Bell, John CorrinRef 314-1817
[1861-1905] Son of Margaret (née Cheetham) [1831-1863] & Rev William Bell [1836-1875], Curate of St John's, Dukinfield.

Born in Stalybridge, Cheshire. Brother of Rev William Christopher Bell.

He was a solicitor's articled clerk [1881] / a solicitor [1891, 1901] / a solicitor at Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden [1905] / Secretary of the Evening Continuation Schools Committee / a member of the Public Library Committee / legal adviser to the Sowerby Bridge Prosecution Society / a member of the Ryburn [No 1283] Masonic Lodge / President of the Society of Knights Templar, Halifax.

His offices were at Tuel Lane Corner, Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge, and at Ripponden.

He never married.

In 1891, he was in lodgings at Barkisland.

In 1901, he was living at 4 Beech Villas, Sowerby Bridge with his stepmother Mary Bell and stepsister Mary T Bell.

He died at 4 Beech Villas [5th November 1905].

He was buried at Dukinfield.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £600. Probate was granted to his stepmother Mary Bell.

After his death, his practice was taken over by Samuel Freeman

Bell, John FrancisRef 314-894
[1883-1916] He was a member of Stannary Congregational Sunday School, Halifax / a wood carver.

He lived at 86 Hartley Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [December 1914] and served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was ill for 6 months.

He died of stricture in Lincoln Military Hospital [24th February 1916] and was buried at Mount Tabor Wesleyan Methodist Chapel [Grave Ref: S 14].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax

Bell, JonasRef 314-3
[1790-1865] Born in Rastrick / Hove Edge.

He was a joiner [1841] / a beer seller [1851] / a joiner [1861] / landlord of the Joiners' Arms, Brighouse [1861].

He married Unknown.

He was a widower by 1851

He lived at Hove Edge [1841, 1851, 1861]

Bell, JonathanRef 314-1528
[18??-18??] In a report produced in 1850 under the Public Health Act, he was recorded as keeping a lodging house in Southowram which had 2 rooms, 7 beds, 12 lodgers, and no privy

Bell, JonathanRef 314-4
[1860-1???] Son of Jonathan Bell, farm bailiff.

Born in Stillingfleet, Yorkshire [1911]

He was a carter of Portsmouth [1892] / a mason's labourer [1901, 1911].

He married (1) Unknown.

He married (2) Lydia Heyworth [1861-1???].

at St John's Church, Holme in Cliviger, Burnley.

Lydia, a domestic servant of Cliviger, was born in Dulesgate, the daughter of Charles Mitchell, engineer


  1. George William [b 1880] who was a bobbin maker's labourer  [1901]
  2. Elizabeth [b 1882] who was a cotton weaver [1901]
  3. Sarah [b 1894] who was a cotton weaver [1911]
  4. Bertha [b 1896] who was a bobbin hooper [1911]
  5. Tom
  6. Annie [b 1900]

The family lived at 941 Burnley Road, Todmorden [1901, 1911].

Living with them [in 1911] were boarders James Brennan & James Starkie

Bell, Leonard WaringRef 314-302
[1882-1975] MM.

Illegitimate son of Malinda Kendall & Joseph Waring.

Born [10th October 1882].

He was an apprentice fish salesman [1901] / a boiler maker of Greetland [1904] / a railway goods shunter on the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company at Greetland [1911].

In [Q1] 1904, he married Harriet Noble [1884-19??] at St Thomas's Church, Greetland.

Harriet was born in Greetland, the daughter of Joseph Noble, cloth finisher


  1. Cyril [b 1904]
  2. Irene [1907-1918] who died of tuberculosis

They lived at

  • 65 St Stephen's Street, Copley, Halifax [1911]
  • 11 Copley Terrace, Copley [1917]
  • 94 Railway Terrace, Copley [1918]

Living with them [in 1911] was widowed mother-in-law Ann Noble [b 1849].

During World War I, he joined the West Riding reserves [September 1914] and was sent to France [April 1915].

He was admitted to hospital [3rd April 1916] with an abscess on his left arm, and sent back to England [1st May 1916].

He went back to France [February 1917], and was promoted to Lance Corporal [April 1917].

He was posted missing after being shot in the right arm [3rd May 1917], and reported a POW at Cassel, Germany [15th May 1917].

He was awarded the Military Medal [June 1917].

His photograph appears with a report of his award in the Halifax Courier [26th May 1917].

He returned to England [31st December 1918]. He was awarded a pension of 8/3d a week [from March 1919] due to 30% disability (general weakness).

He survived the War.

He died in Bradford [Q2 1975]

Bell, PeterRef 314-1136
[16??-16??] Curate at Rastrick [1674]

Bell, PeterRef 314-2558
[18??-18??] Ale & porter dealer at Wade Street, Halifax.

In August 1867, he was declared bankrupt

Bell, Rev RobertRef 314-1135
[1806-1869] Born in Colne. He trained at Airedale College before becoming Minister at

With Joseph Cockin Hoatson, he was editor of The Halifax Selection of Hymns [1834].

He resigned because of ill-health and left the ministry. He went to live and farm at Salterforth, near Colne.

He married twice.


  1. John H. who lived at Clare Hill, Huddersfield
  2. son
  3. son
  4. son

He lived in a house at the bottom of John King Lane.

See Providence Congregational Church Manse, Stainland and Rishworth Independent Church

Bell, Samuel ArundelRef 314-283
[1848-1???] Born in Lambeth, Middlesex.

He was a mercantile clerk [1891] / an accountant, estate agent (own account) [1901].

In [Q2] 1876, he married Ellen Mary W. Welch [1851-1???] in Lancaster.

Ellen was born in Lancaster


  1. Mary A. [b 1878]
  2. Helen Margaret A. [b 1882] who married [1910] George Bernard Newport
  3. Hugh A. [b 1884] who was a land surveyor [1901]
  4. Lucy A. [b 1886]
  5. Frances A. [b 1888]
  6. William Arundel
  7. John A. [b 1894]

They lived at

  • 62 Bagot Street, Wavertree, Liverpool [1891]
  • 3 Prince Alfred Road, Hunters Lane, Wavertree, Liverpool [1901]

Bell, Sarah ElizabethRef 314-B177
[1851-1868] Originally from Newby Whiske, a small Village near Thirsk, she came to work as housemaid to Rev Anthony John Plow.

She fell in love with Miles Weatherill, sparking off the Vicarage murder

After the murder, she went to the Friends Retreat at Fulford, York. This was an asylum which accommodated paupers, and where unemployed servants resided. She was unable to find employment for want of a reference

Bell, SydneyRef 314-1202
[18??-19??] Printer at Shelf, Halifax [1927]

Bell, ThomasRef 314-5
[1819-1859] Born in Halifax.

He was a coal miner [1841] / a dyer [1851].

In [Q2] 1839, he married Eliza Lumb [1821-1868] in Halifax.

Eliza / Elizabeth was born in Elland, the daughter of
James Lumb.

She was a widowed charwoman [1861]



  1. George [b 1841] who was a coal miner [1851, 1861]
  2. Mary [b 1845] who was a worsted spinner [1861]
  3. Thomas [b 1847] who was a coal miner [1861]
  4. Frederick [b 1850] who was a coal miner [1861]
  5. Betsy [b 1854]
  6. Sarah [1857-1866] who was buried with her parents
  7. Robert [b 1860]

The family lived at

  • Southowram (lodgers with Mary Wood & family) [1841]
  • Caddy Field, Halifax (living with Eliza's widowed father)   [1851]
  • 7 Coal Street, Caddy Field [1861]

Living with them [in 1861] was Eliza's widowed father James Lumb.

Thomas died 26th September 1859 (aged 40).

Eliza died 6th June 1868 (aged 47).

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3328] with Eliza's father

Bell, TomRef 314-60
[1???-1???] Legendary robber who is said to have lived in Tom Bell's Cave and robbed locals farms and villages. He is said to have worn an iron mail suit, and boots with the toes and heels reversed, in order to mislead anyone pursuing him

He worked with an accomplice, Willie the Woodsman.

He is said to have died in the cave when his stomach exploded after gorging himself on booty which he had stolen. His rotting body – eaten by birds and vermin – was found by 2 children.

His skull is said to have been found in the cave in 1899.

Various traditions date him to the 9th or the 18th century.

His story is told in 2 poems:

See Joseph Bailey

Bell, TomRef 314-556
[1898-1918] Son of Jonathan Bell. of 9 Cars Road, Portsmouth, Todmorden.

He was a cotton weaver [1911] / employed by Crabtree & Farrar.

During World War I, he enlisted [19th August 1916] and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed by a shell [14th April 1918] (aged 20).

The Todmorden & District News [3rd May 1918] reported his death and his photograph appeared in the edition of 10th May 1918.

He was buried at Bailleul, France.

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 82-85 & 162A], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Bell, Walter PearsonRef 314-1776
[1897-1918] Son of John Campbell Bell.

Born in Elland [18th October 1897].

He was a member of Bethesda Methodist Chapel, Elland / a member of the Boys' Brigade at Elland Wesleyan Chapel / a worsted doffer [1911] / employed by Albert Bailey & Sons.

He lived at 9 Jepson Lane, Elland.

During World War I, he enlisted [October 1914] and served as a Corporal with the 1st RM Battalion RN Division Royal Marine Light Infantry.

He served in the Gallipoli Campaign. He was sent to France [July 1918].

He was killed in action [27th September 1918].

The Halifax Courier [23rd November 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension, Moeuvres, France [Grave Ref B 1].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial, on the Memorial at Bethesda Methodist Sunday School, Elland, and on the Memorial at Elland Boys' Brigade

Bell, WilliamRef 314-3225
[1???-1???] He married Cissie, daughter of John Crowther.


  1. Ethel
  2. Lavinia who married Unknown

Bell, William ArundelRef 314-920
[1892-1917] Son of Samuel Arundel Bell.

Born in Liverpool.

He was educated at Taunton School & Sidney Sussex College Cambridge / a football player / a hockey player for Halifax / a cricket player for King Cross.

During World War I, he enlisted [September 1914] with the Royal Fusiliers, and served as with the 8th Battalion Border Regiment.

He was killed in action [14th June 1917] (aged 25).

The Halifax Courier [23rd June 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref I C 21].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Park Congregational Church

Bell, Rev William ChristopherRef 314-953
[1859-1922] Son of Margaret (née Cheetham) [1831-1863] & Rev William Bell [1836-1875], Curate of St John's, Dukinfield.

Born in Stalybridge, Cheshire.

Brother of John Corrin Bell.

He was educated at Brasenose College Oxford [1881], Curate at Holy Trinity Church [1892], and Vicar of Norland [1922].

He designed the Norland War Memorial.

He never married.

He was said to have been heart-broken when the parish of Norland was discontinued and St Luke's Church amalgamated with Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge. He appealed unsuccessfully to King George V for the decision to be overturned.

He died shortly afterwards [14th February 1922].

He was buried at St Luke's Church, Norland Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,703 19/4d.

Administration was granted to Alfred Henry Bell (bank manager) 

Bell, Rev William MontgomerieRef 314-1314
[1883-1966] Vicar of Warley [1925-1929]. He was vicar at Kensington [1929-1955]


Bell surnameRef 314-1
There are 35 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Bell, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Bell

Marriage 1907

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 2312


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