Arthur Bell Nicholls

Arthur Bell Nicholls

Husband of Charlotte Bronte
Born 1819

Arthur Bell Nicholls was curate to Patrick Brontë, and husband of Patrick's daughter Charlotte Brontë, a famous 19th century English novelist. Nicholls, cared for Charlotte's aged father after her death, and spent the rest of his life as curator of her memory. After the death of Charlotte, he returned to his native Ireland, remarried, and left the church.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Arthur Bell Nicholls.


1819 Birth Born in 1819.


1836 17 Years Old In 1836 Nicholls entered Trinity College, Dublin from where he finally graduated in 1844.


1845 26 Years Old He was ordained as a deacon in 1845 in Lichfield, England and became Patrick Brontë's vicar in June of that year. … Read More
1847 28 Years Old Although he visited the poor of the parish practically every afternoon, he was considered to be strict and conventional, and in 1847 he carried out a campaign to prevent women from hanging their washing out to dry in the cemetery. … Read More


1852 33 Years Old On 13 December 1852, Nicholls asked Charlotte for her hand in marriage. … Read More
1853 34 Years Old In 1853 Nicholls announced his intention to leave for Australia as a missionary, but Charlotte was able to convince him that she was not insensitive to his passion. … Read More
1854 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Little by little Charlotte became persuaded by Nicholls, and from respect to her determination, her father finally relented and in February 1854 gave his permission for the visits. … Read More
1855 36 Years Old Following the death of Charlotte in 1855, Nicholls remained at Haworth for six years as Patrick's assistant until Patrick's death in 1861.


1864 45 Years Old After the death of Patrick Brontë, Nicholls returned to Banagher in the county of Offaly in his native Ireland where he owned a house called Hill House, known today as Charlotte's Way. In 1864 he married a cousin, Mary Bell, and left the church.


1906 87 Years Old After his death in 1906 at the age of 88, his wife who was short of money, sold many of her husband's souvenirs of his former wife to the Brontë Society, including the portrait by Branwell Brontë of the three sisters, that had been kept, folded in four, on the top of a wardrobe. … Read More
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