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May 12 2019 – ‘Justice for George Bell’ Petition

George Bell House - 4 Canon Lane - Chichester Cathedral

George Bell House – 4 Canon Lane – Chichester Cathedral – before the name change [Picture: Alamy]

‘Justice for George Bell’ Petition

Bishop George Bell was one of the great leaders of the Church of England in the twentieth century.  As a member of the House of Lords, on moral grounds he bravely opposed the blanket bombing of German cities in WW2.

Two major reports in 2017 and 2019 established that allegations of abuse made against Bishop Bell sixty years after his death were unfounded.

We request that the name of 4 Canon Lane in Chichester Cathedral grounds should once more celebrate the memory of this great Bishop and be known again as George Bell House.

Reasons for signing

James Grayson
I’ve signed this petition because the accusations against Bishop George Bell were shown to be unfounded, but the Dean and Chapter have made no attempts to restore Bishop Bell’s reputation which have been traduced. One simple way to do this would be to re-instate the name George Bell House onto 4 Canon Lane – a name which had been… Read more
Anne Dawson
“Rededicating 4 Canon Lane restores the reputation of Bishop Bell. It also restores dignity to the Cathedral and the community of Chichester”