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Bell, Henrylocked

(1647–1711)

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Bell, Henry(1647–1711), architect and merchant, was baptized 8 July 1647 in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, the son of Henry Bell, mercer. He was educated at the local grammar school and then Caius College, Cambridge, where he took his BA degree in 1665, before embarking on a grand tour. In 1686 he inherited his father’s properties and continued his successful business as a producer of linseed and rape oil. His status in the merchant community is attested by his becoming an alderman in 1690 and, following his father, serving as mayor of King’s Lynn in 1692 and 1703....

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