Bradford People: Lord Westbury


Sir Richard Bethell, 1st Baron Westbury (1800-1873) was born in what is now called Westbury House in St Margaret’s Street, the son of Dr Richard Bethell (1767-1827). He became a lawyer, was made Queen’s Council in 1840 and Solicitor-General in 1852, when he was also knighted. He was MP for Aylesbury from 1851 to 1859 and for Wolverhampton in 1859 and Attorney-General in 1856-8 and 1859-61 and was made Lord Chancellor in 1861, resigning in 1865.

Dr Bethell was the son of Samuel Bethell, farmer at Lady Down Farm, Bradford.

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