CFHS code : AS109

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Memory of / JOHN GILLAM BELL / Solicitor Cambridge / b Feb 24 1826 / d March 14 1859

Monument : Headstone/Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203592, 0.13675747 – click here for location

This headstone is intact and the inscription is still visible. Photo 2016
Bell headstone 2016
The inscription
The inscription


This intact headstone, in the parish area of All Saints, is located in the north west corner of the parish.  The inscription is still visible.


In Memory of


Solicitor Cambridge
born Feb 24 1826
died March 14 1859

John Gillam Bell (1826-1859)

John was the son of  corn merchant/farmer John Gillam and Eliza (née Robson) Bell and was born at Peas Hill.  His mother died a week after his birth, presumably as a result of complications.  In 1841 he became an articled clerk to solicitor Stephen Adcock, and qualified as a solicitor in 1847. He practised at 33 Sidney Street

He married Ann Radclyffe Hall (1827-) on 11 November 1850. Ann was the daughter of Rev. Francis Russell Hall, the vicar of Fulbourn and sister of surgeon Francis Russell Hall. In 1851 the couple were living at 11 Brunswick Place in 1851. John was admitted to the the Sussex House Asylum for Gentlemen in Hammersmith in August 1857, and died there in March 1859.

His property was auctioned in February 1859 and consisted of: ‘extensive premises St Andrew’s Street…valuable and extensive..with excellent frontages and great depth..adjoining the establishment of Mr R. Sayle. Also a freehold brick and slate tenement on the East Road’.  His four life policies worth £899 were also auctioned.



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John Gillam Bell