Benjamin Bond Cabbell

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Benjamin Bond Cabbell FRS DL (1782/3 – 9 December 1874), British politician and philanthropist

He was educated at Westminster School. He went north to Oriel College, Oxford, in June 1800, but left the university in 1803 without a degree.

He was called to the bar of the Middle Temple in 1816 and practised on the western circuit. He was a magistrate for Norfolk, Middlesex, and Westminster. Cabbell was elected a fellow of the Royal Society on 19 January 1837.

Cabbell was Conservative Party Member of Parliament for St Albans from August 1846 to July 1847, and then for Boston until he retired in March 1857. He was Deputy Lieutenant of Middlesex in 1852, and High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1854.

He was president of the City of London General Pension Society, vice-president of the Royal Literary Fund, treasurer to the London Lock Hospital, and sub-treasurer to the Infant Orphan Asylum. He was a generous benefactor to Cromer in Norfolk where he had his country house, Cromer Hall: he paid for a lifeboat (named after him)[1] and donated land for a cemetery. He was a freemason, serving as a trustee of the Royal Masonic Institution and as provincial grand master of Norfolk.

Cabbell subscribed to many London charities. He was widely known as an art patron. He became a member of the Artists' Benevolent Fund in 1824, sat on its committee, helped in obtaining its charter of incorporation in 1827, and contributed 20 pounds towards the preliminary expenses.

He died at 39 Chapel Street, Marylebone Road, London, 9 December 1874, in his 92nd year.


  1. ^ Cromer Lifeboats 1804-2004, Leach, Nicholas & Russell, Paul, Pub: Tempus Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-7524-3197-8
  • G. C. Boase, ‘Cabbell, Benjamin Bond (1782/3–1874)’, rev. Anne Pimlott Baker, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Benjamin Bond Cabbell
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Earl of Listowel
George Repton
Member of Parliament for St Albans
With: George Repton
Succeeded by
George Repton
Alexander Raphael
Preceded by
John Studholme Brownrigg
Sir James Duke, Bt
Member of Parliament for Boston
With: Sir James Duke, Bt 1847–1849
Hon. Dudley Pelham 1849–1851
James William Freshfield 1851–1852
Gilbert Heathcote 1852–1856
Herbert Ingram 1856–1857
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Herbert Ingram
William Henry Adams
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Daniel Gurney
High Sheriff of Norfolk
Succeeded by
Brampton Gurdon
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