Charles Bell was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1846 and was educated at Grantham Grammar School. Thereafter he worked for a period of time in his brother’s building firm. He subsequently served his articles with John Giles, and commenced independent practice in London in 1870. He was admitted FRIBA in 1880, his proposers being Edward I’Anson, Edmund Woodthorpe amd Robert William Edis. Bell specialised in designing Wesleyan Methodist chapels and was responsible for over 60. As architect to Tottenham School Board he also designed a number of schools. He was a regular entrant in competitions. He died in 1899. The practice subsequently became Bell Withers & Meredith.