Middlesbrough Winter Garden, Thomas Hugh Bell, and Florence Bell blue plaque in Middlesbrough

The Winter Garden founded by Sir Hugh and Lady Bell for the benefit of the people of Middlesbrough stood on this site 1907-1963

Sir (Thomas) Hugh Bell, 2nd Baronet CB JP FSA (10 February 1844 – 29 June 1931) was mayor of Middlesbrough three times - in 1874, 1883 and 1911 - High Sheriff of Durham 1895, Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham, Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire.

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Dame Florence Eveleen Eleanore Bell, Baroness of Rounton Grange, JP, DBE (née Olliffe; 1851 - 16 May 1930), was a British writer and playwright. The daughter of Irish-born Joseph Francis Olliffe (later Sir Joseph Olliffe) and the former Laura Cubitt, she was the second wife of 2nd Baronet Bell of Rounton Grange, and was styled Lady Florence Bell; the couple had three children: Hugh Lowthian Bell (21 October 1878 – 2 February 1926) Florence Elsa Bell (c. 1880 – 3 May 1971, married Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond) Mary Katherine Bell, OBE (c. 1882 - 8 October 1966, married Charles Philips Trevelyan)Florence Bell was stepmother to her husband's children from his first marriage: British writer and spy Gertrude Bell (1868 – 1926) and Maurice (Sir Maurice Hugh Lowthian Bell, 3rd Baronet; 1871–1944). In 1918 Florence Bell was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). Dame Florence Bell died on 16 May 1930 in Chelsea.

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