The Imperial Connections of a Local Family: the Dixons at Chapelgarth

WhereGreat Broughton Village HallType of EventIllustrated Talk
WhenMonday 20th June 2022TutorDr Marcella Sutcliffe

On an evening which was well attended, Dr Marcella Sutcliffe, a local historian, presented a lecture on the Dixon family at Chapelgarth, near to Great Broughton.  The Dixons who were the subject of this talk were members of two prosperous families.  Both families were industrialists.  Mrs Lilian Dixon was a member of the Bell family famous as ironmasters, Bell Brothers, and, later, as important in chemicals. Other members of that family included Isaac Bell, Hugh Bell, Gertrude Bell, and Florence Bell.  Major Clive Dixon came from a family of shipbuilders in Middlesbrough, who had risen to prominence in the town.

Chapelgarth was built in 1909 and, like many others of that time, reflected the British Empire in its design and furnishing. Both Major and Mrs Dixon had well developed aesthetic sense. Both were talented artists and among the leading lights in the local art community.

Major Dixon had been a career soldier. He had served in the South African War and spent nine years in India. Sadly, he died at the battle of Ypres in 1914. Lilian continued to live at Chapelgarth for many years.

It was a topic of interest and generated many questions. The LHG was able again to provide refreshments.

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