Henry Bell

(1637—1711) architect and merchant

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(1647–1711). Born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, Bell, English gentleman-architect, appears to have been partly responsible for the replanning and rebuilding of Northampton after the fire of 1675, and to have designed All Saints' Church there (1677–80) as well as some of the façades of houses in the Market Place. Bell's other works are all in King's Lynn: they include the charming Customs House (1683), built as an Exchange; the Market Cross (1707–10)—demolished; two altar-pieces; probably the Duke's Head Inn (c. 1684); and various houses. He was also responsible for North Runcton Church, Norfolk (1703–13), and may have designed other buildings in Huns., Norfolk, and Suffolk. He wrote an essay on painting, published posthumously in 1728.

From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.

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