Henry Bell (architect)

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The Custom House in King's Lynn, one of Bell's most famous designs

Henry Bell (1647–1711) was an English architect, a contemporary of Christopher Wren.

Bell was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. He was the son of a wealthy merchant family.[1] He designed many buildings in West Norfolk including the Custom House in King's Lynn and All Saints Church in North Runcton.[2]

He served twice as Mayor of King's Lynn,[3] he was well educated and travelled through Europe. In 1676 he met Robert Hooke, who shared with him his experiences of rebuilding London following the Great Fire. This knowledge had a bearing on his future work, as the design of North Runcton Church shows similarities with those employed by Wren, for example St Mary-at-Hill.[4]

He died in 1711, two years before All Saints Church was completed.


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