Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edward Ingress Bell
Designation: Architect
Born: 1837
Died: 30 August 1914
Bio Notes: Edward Ingress Bell was born in 1837 and apprenticed to his father who was a civil engineer. He was in partnership with H V Bacon from 1860 and had extensive experience having worked for George Gilbert Scott and Richard Cromwell Carpenter (? Richard Herbert: Richard Cromwell died in 1855 when Bell was eighteen), Rhode Hawkins, William Wilkinson Wardell, William Bonython Moffatt, William and Andrew Moseley, Sir Charles Barry and Joseph Aloysius Hansom. He was admitted ARIBA on 3 December 1866, his proposers being Robert William Edis, Moseley and Thomas Edward Knightley. Circumstance compelled him to retire in 1869, but he was readmitted on 17 February 1873 and became architect to the Crown Agents for the Colonies in 1882. In the early 1880s he joined Aston Webb in partnership.

In 1885 the partnership of Webb & Bell made its name by winning the competition for the Birmingham Law Courts and in 1891 that for the South Kensington Museum; that for Christ's Hospital in Horsham followed in 1894. These successes brought in their wake a long series of public commissions and further competition successes notably that for the improvement of the Mall in 1901.

Ingress Bell died on 30 August 1914 at St Stephen's Winchester Road, West Worthing. By that date Webb had taken his son Maurice Everett Webb, born 23 April 1880, into partnership.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Castelnau, Barnes, London, EnglandPrivate1866 *  
Item 2 of 530, Regent Street, London, EnglandBusiness1866 *  
Item 3 of 517, Craven Street, London, EnglandBusiness1879 *  
Item 4 of 5The Parade, Epsom, Surrey, EnglandPrivate(?)1880 *  
Item 5 of 519, Queen Anne's Gate, London, EnglandPrivate(?)Before 1883After 1902 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7(Sir) Charles BarryAfter 1852Before 1860Assistant 
Item 2 of 7Richard Cromwell CarpenterAfter 1852Before 1860AssistantUncertain - more likely to be Richard Herbert
Item 3 of 7Joseph Aloysius HansomAfter 1852Before 1860Assistant 
Item 4 of 7William Bonython MoffattAfter 1852Before 1860Assistant 
Item 5 of 7(Sir) George Gilbert ScottAfter 1852Before 1860Assistant 
Item 6 of 7William Wilkinson WardellAfter 1852Before 1860Assistant 
Item 7 of 7(Sir) Aston Webb & E Ingress Bellc. 1880(?) Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 61885Birmingham Law Courts  BirminghamEnglandWon competition and secured job
Item 2 of 61887Imperial Institute  LondonEnglandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 3 of 6Before 1891South Kensington MuseumSouth Kensington LondonEnglandWon competition to secure job
Item 4 of 61893Edinburgh Castle, Magazines and Ordnance Store  EdinburghScotlandPlans for reconstruction as a military hospital drawn up
Item 5 of 61900Birmingham UniversityEdgbaston BirminghamEngland 
Item 6 of 61913Dunecht House (including chapel)Echt AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions comprising boilerhouse wing, gates and lodges (northeast and northwest), terraces, loggia and gazebo


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Gray, A Stuart1985Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary   
Item 3 of 3Service, Alastair1975Edwardian Architecture and its Origins   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder29 August 1930  Obituary of Webb
Item 2 of 5Builder5 September 1930  Obituary of Webb
Item 3 of 5Builder19 December 1930  Obituary of Webb
Item 4 of 5Building News3 January 1890   
Item 5 of 5RIBA Journal20 September 1930 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Webb