Arthur Bell Nicholls
Husband of Charlotte Bronte
Arthur Bell Nicholls
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.
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New book looks at how Kendal has changed over the years - Westmorland Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
HISTORIC Kendal is being celebrated in a new book based on a popular Westmorland Gazette column by local historian Arthur Nicholls. Kendal In Bygone Days reproduces fascinating snippets that were featured on the Gazette's
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Captaincy for Smith - Worcester News
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KGC results, Arthur Nicholls Cup: 1 Nick Cosnet, four-up; 2 J Cook, three-up (on count-back); 3 David Knight, three-up; 4 Paul Cook, four-up. Nine-hole mid-week medal: 1 Gerald Weaver, 17 points; 2 Tony Matchell 15 (on count-back); 3 Alan Biggs, 15
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Smith keeps skipper's role - Kidderminster Shuttle
Google News - almost 6 years
Kidderminster results — Arthur Nicholls Cup: 1 Nick Cosnet four-up; 2 J Cook three-up, (count back); 3 David Knight three-up; 4 Paul Cook four-up. Mid-week medal (nine holes); 1 Gerald Weaver 17 points; 2 Tony Matchell 15; 3 Alan Biggs 15
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Annals of the Brontës
NYTimes - almost 13 years
THE BRONTË MYTH By Lucasta Miller. Illustrated. 351 pp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $26.95. HAS there ever been a background more marked by personal tragedy and literary ill omen than the one that produced the Brontë sisters? Charlotte, Emily and Anne: there was less than four years between them (their brother, Branwell, who dissipated his talents
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She Was The Other Ireland
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: NORA The Real Life of Molly Bloom. By Brenda Maddox. Illustrated. 472 pp. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. $24.95. NORA The Real Life of Molly Bloom. By Brenda Maddox. Illustrated. 472 pp. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. $24.95. WIVES of great artists are a fascinating breed. Beholden to the great man as they often are, their vaulting
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1906
    Age 87
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Nicholls' personality has given rise to various analyses. Ellen Nussey, a friend of Charlotte, accuses him of being... that wicked man who was the death of dear Charlotte. Patrick Brontë remained opposed to the marriage, maintaining that Nicholls was not worthy of his daughter's hand in marriage. Elizabeth Gaskell judged him as intransigent and bigoted, adding however, that (Charlotte) would never have been happy but with an exacting, rigid, law-giving, passionate man. Even Charlotte's two best friends remained divided: Nussey was hostile towards Nicholls and disapproved of their correspondence, while Mary Taylor reproaches Nussey for exerting pressure on Charlotte to give up her choice in a matter so important. Nevertheless, the marriage appeared to succeed. The two servants at the parsonage in Haworth, Tabitha Aykroyd and Martha Brown firmly believe that Charlotte and Arthur were happy. It is possible however, that Charlotte's feelings were at first ambivalent, if only because she had to give up the liberty she had enjoyed as a single woman. During her honeymoon she wrote to Nussey:
  • FORTIES
  • 1864
    Age 45
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1855
    Age 36
    Following the death of Charlotte in 1855, Nicholls remained at Haworth for six years as Patrick's assistant until Patrick's death in 1861.
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  • 1854
    Age 35
    Their relationship deepened rapidly and on 26 December 1854, she wrote: he is certainly my dear boy, and he is dearer to me today than he was six months ago.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details They were married four months later in the church at Haworth. Still reticent about the marriage however, Patrick did not attend his daughter's wedding ceremony and Charlotte was led to the altar by Miss Margaret Wooler, the former school mistress of the Brontë sisters at Roe Head.
  • 1853
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was therefore exiled for several months to another parish from where he had several secret meetings with Charlotte in Haworth.
  • 1852
    Age 33
    On 13 December 1852, Nicholls asked Charlotte for her hand in marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick, Charlotte's father, refused with vehemence, on the grounds that a poor Irish pastor should never be bold enough to suggest marrying his famous daughter.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1847
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Charlotte noted sadly that while he was away on holiday in Ireland, many parishioners hoped that he would not return. He began to develop closer relations with Charlotte who by that time had written Jane Eyre, and they conducted a friendly exchange of letters.
  • 1845
    Age 26
    He was ordained as a deacon in 1845 in Lichfield, England and became Patrick Brontë's vicar in June of that year.
    More Details Hide Details Charlotte Brontë said of him that he appeared to be a respectable young man who reads well, and that she hope would give satisfaction.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1836
    Age 17
    In 1836 Nicholls entered Trinity College, Dublin from where he finally graduated in 1844.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1819
    Age 0
    Born in 1819.
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