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Bella Pearson-Kidd

Bella Pearson-Kidd

Person  Female  Died 7/12/1890

Categories: Philanthropy

A family researcher refers to "Thomas Pearson and his wife Bella Goss Pearson née Brooman lived {at Nightingale Hall} until Thomas died in 1862 and then Bella remarried to a John Kidd and became Bella Pearson- Kidd."

With that information we found this text at Wood Green Parish: "Some of our stained glass was presented by Thomas Pearson: a solicitor, lived with his family in Nightingale Hall and its 29 acre estate from 1841. The house was on Bounds Green Road roughly between the end of Cornwall Avenue and the Adventist church {Braemar Avenue Baptist, we think} today, with the estate stretching behind. The Pearsons also owned substantial property elsewhere in Wood Green. Mrs Pearson was an aunt of the wife of the first incumbent of Wood Green, Revd John Thomas (curate and first vicar 1862-1907) and had a reserved seat in the choir stalls. When Mr Pearson died in 1862 the windows in the sanctuary windows were given by his wife in his memory (a window to the memory of Mr Thomas’s children is to the left of the main door of the church). When the senior elementary school (now St Michael’s Primary School) was built in 1872 the site (value £1,000) was donated by Mrs Pearson, who laid the foundation stone {building no longer extant, we think}. In 1881 Mrs Pearson married John Kidd, a printing ink manufacturer who was active in local affairs. When she died her properties were put up for sale in December 1891; these included leasehold properties in central London, Westminster and Chelsea, and freehold properties in Wood Green including a strip of land between the senior school and vicarage. It was this piece of land that St Michael Wood Green bought for the Hall site when it came back on the market in 1909, for £450. Nightingale Hall itself was demolished and the site became the North London Cycling and Athletic track - built in 1895 but closed in 1900 and replaced with terraced housing.  Note on the sums of money mentioned: £1,000 in the early 1870’s would be about £45,000 today, and £450 in 1909 would be about £26,000 today.”

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