Edmund Joseph Bellord,(1857–1927)

Solicitor and founder and leading committee member of Providence Row Night Refuge.

Born on 30 July 1858 at 22 Long Lane, Smithfield, London, son of James Bellord (1805-1894), a merchant sea captain, and Mary Ann Roche (1819-1895). Educated at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, and Oxford. Admitted to the Roll, 1881; partner in the firm of Lickorish and Bellord, practised at 11 Mansion House Chambers, Queen Victoria Street, 1881–93 and at various addresses thereafter, finally locating at 8 Waterloo Place, Pall Mall. A trustee of the Providence Row Night Refuge and chairman of the Refuge’s committee.

Married (1) Helen Teresa Smith, 11 May 1886, three children,

Mildred Mary (1887–1972),

Cuthbert George (1889–1950), and

Margery Mary (1891–?),

and (2) Agnes Mary Purssell, 11 January 1899, children

Charles Edmund (1900–1918),

George (1904–1963),

Robert (1908–1970),

Elizabeth Agnes Mary (1910–1991), she married  Colonel Sir Joseph William Weld (1909 – 1992) who inherited the Lulworth estate, and Lulworth Castle from his cousin Herbert Joseph Weld Blundell (1852 – 5 February 1935)

Patricia Mary (1912–1943).

Died 17 December 1927, at 46 Ennismore Gardens, South Kensington, leaving an estate valued at £21,641.


Here’s a sneak preview of the entry from the forthcoming and very much beefed-up e-book edition of the A to Z and details of John Savage’s excellent article in that ever-a-goldmine Ripperologist

Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution claims that Bellord was a partner in the firm of Perkins and Bellord, solicitors and estate agents, and that when the tobacconist at 22 Cleveland Street needed an assistant, Walter Sickert approached ‘a lawyer who ran an East End refuge for poor working women’, who brought Mary Jane Kelly to Cleveland Street. This is apparently a reference to Bellord.

Bellord was not a partner in the firm of Perkins and Bellord, but much later his nephew, James Bellord, went into partnership with Walter Mottram Perkins as estate agents at 14 Fitzroy Street. James died on 25 March 1935, among his bequests being £200 to Providence Row.

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