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Florence Eveleen Eleanor Olliffe

Female 1851 - 1930  (78 years)



  • Name Florence Eveleen Eleanor Olliffe  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 09 Sep 1851  2 rue St Florentin, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 4
    Marriage 10 Aug 1876    [3
    Thomas Hugh Bell,   b. 10 Feb 1844, Walker-on-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1931, 95 Sloane St, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Apr 1881  Red Barns, Kirkleatham St, Coatham Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Residence Apr 1891  Red Barns, Kirkleatham St, Coatham Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Residence Apr 1911  95 Sloane St, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    • 7 servants + her daughter's ladies maid
    Decoration 1918  DBE  [3
    Death 16 May 1930  95 Sloane St, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 6
    Notes 
    • We regret to learn that Lady Bell, wife of Sir Hugh Bell, died at her London home, 95, Sloane-street, S.W., yesterday, at the age of 78.
      Florence Evelyn Eleanore Bell was born in Paris on September 9, 1851. Her father, Sir Joseph Oliffe, was a physician of great ability who for many years lived in Paris, where he had a large practice. With his friend and patient, Count de Morny, he began the development of Deauville, which they may be said to have created. In August, 1876, she married, as his second wife, Sir Hugh Bell, the veteran ironmaster and man of affairs, who is now 86. Their son, the Rev. Hugh Lothian Bell, died in 1926. She leaves two daughters, Lady Richmond, wife of Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond, and Lady Trevelyan, wife of Sir Charles Trevelyan, M.P., Minister of Education in the present Government.
      Lady Bell was a writer of distinction, the author of some delightful books of essays, as well as novels and plays. She also wrote plays for children in English and in French. Her latest work, however, was an admirable edition of the letters of her famous step-daughter, Gertrude Bell, the Arabic scholar and explorer, and Oriental secretary to the High Commissioner in Mesopotamia. This appeared in 1927. Of Lady Bell's plays, "L'Indécis" was produced at the Royalty by Coquelin in 1887; "Time is Money", produced by Hawtrey; and "The Show Room" and "Angela", produced by Sybil Thorndike. She made an English version of Henri Bataille's play, which was produced at the New Theatre in 1922 under the title of "The Scandal". She also wrote a pageant-play, "The Heart of Yorkshire", which was produced in 1921 in aid of the fund for preserving the famous windows of York Minster. Her best-known novel is "The Story of Ursula", and she was the author of "Chamber Comedies", "Conversational Openings", "The Minor Moralist", "At the Works: A Study of an Industrial Town", "Wordless Conversation" and "Landmarks". In these she showed herself a shrewd and sympathetic observer of the changing characteristics of the social scene; in the "fluidity of circumstance" she found nothing so permanent as human conduct.
      With all her literary and dramatic interests, Lady Bell was a delightful hostess at Rounton Grange, Northallerton, and Mount Grace, where she showed her skill and taste as a gardener, as well as in London. She was an excellent and witty talker, and her society had the charm of one who had both read and thought much. During the War, when at one of her country homes she made a hospital, she did notable work and was created a D.B.E. in 1918. [The Times, 17 May 1930].
      See also the appreciation by Elizabeth Robins in the same issue, and DNB article by Angela John.
    Person ID I1621  Tatham | Richmond branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2013 

    Family Thomas Hugh Bell,   b. 10 Feb 1844, Walker-on-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1931, 95 Sloane St, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Marriage 10 Aug 1876    [3
    Notes 
    • children Apr 1891: Gertrude M E (22) [1st marriage], Hugh L (12), Florence E (11), Mary K (9): + 7 serv.
    Children 
    +1. Florence Elsa Bell,   b. 09 Mar 1880, Kirkleatham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 May 1971, Fulham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F0616  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 09 Sep 1851 - 2 rue St Florentin, Paris, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - Red Barns, Kirkleatham St, Coatham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - Red Barns, Kirkleatham St, Coatham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1911 - 95 Sloane St, Chelsea Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 29 b France

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 39

    3. [S13] thePeerage.com.

    4. [S21] Dictionary of National Biography.

    5. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 59 b France

    6. [S05] The Times, obituary, 17 May 1930.