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Lady Florence Bell (1851 - 1930)

Florence Eveleen Eleanore Olliffe was born on the 9th September, 1851. She became a writer and playwright, and married Sir Hugh Bell, a Middlesbrough Ironmaster. One of her books "At the Works" (1911) described the rapid growth of Middlesbrough and it's manufacturing industry. Florence Bell's activities with the wives of Bolckow Vaughan ironworkers in Eston, is thought to have influenced her step-daughter, Gurtrude Bell, who later promoted the education of Iraqi women. Florence Bell died at her home in Chelsea on the 16 of May 1930.
Dame Florence Eveleen Eleanore Bell DBE JP (née Olliffe; 9 September 1851 - 16 May 1930) was a British writer and playwright.

The daughter of Irish-born Joseph Francis Olliffe (later Sir Joseph Olliffe) and the former Laura Cubitt, she was the second wife of 2nd Baronet Bell of Rounton Grange, and was styled Lady Florence Bell; the couple had three children:

  • Hugh Lowthian Bell (21 October 1878 – 2 February 1926)
  • Florence Elsa Bell (c. 1880 – 3 May 1971, married Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond)
  • Mary Katherine Bell, OBE (c. 1882 - 8 October 1966, married Charles Philips Trevelyan)

Florence Bell was stepmother to her husband's children from his first marriage: British explorer and key political figure in the Middle East, Gertrude Bell (1868 – 1926) and Maurice (Sir Maurice Hugh Lowthian Bell, 3rd Baronet; 1871–1944).

In 1918 Florence Bell was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). Dame Florence Bell died on 16 May 1930 at her home, 95 Sloane Street, Chelsea.


  • A Collection of Plays and Monologues for the Drawing Room
  • At the Works: Study of a Manufacturing Town, Middlesbrough
  • The Letters of Gertrude Bell, Volume 1
  • The Letters of Gertrude Bell, Volume II
  • French Without Tears: Book I
  • French Without Tears: Book II
  • French Without Tears: Book III
  • Petit theâtre des enfants: twelve tiny french plays for children
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At the works. A study of a manufacturing town. (Lady Bell, 1911)
- Digitised version of At the works. A study of a manufacturing town (revised) by Lady Bell (Mrs. Hugh Bell). Published 1911 by Nelson in London, New York . Available as …

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Sir Hugh Bell (1844 - 1931)
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Sir Hugh Bell (1844 - 1931)
- Overview About Sir Hugh Bell Sir (Thomas) Hugh Bell (1844 - 1931) was a director of his family's steelworks business at Middlesbrough; Bell Brothers. He was also a director of …


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