Gertrude Bell CBE

Died aged 57

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, CBE (14 July 1868 – 12 July 1926) was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, spy and archaeologist who explored, mapped, and became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her knowledge and contacts, built up through extensive travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia. Along with T. E. Lawrence, Bell helped support the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq. She played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq, utilising her unique perspective from her travels and relations with tribal leaders throughout the Middle East. During her lifetime she was highly esteemed and trusted by British officials and given an immense amount of power for a woman at the time. She has been described as "one of the few representatives of His Majesty's Government remembered by the Arabs with anything resembling affection".

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Gertrude Lowthian Bell at one time lived in this house. Scholar, traveller, administrator and peace maker. A friend of the Arabs.

Kirkleatham Street, Redcar, United Kingdom where they lived

Gertrude Bell. Born here on the 14th July 1868. She was a distinguished servant of the state, scholar, historian, archaeologist, explorer, poet and gardener. She died in Baghdad 12th July 1926.

Washington Hall, The Avenue, Washington, United Kingdom where they was born (1868)