Lord Benjamin HALL, Baron Llanover

Male 1802 - 1867  (64 years)


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  • Name Benjamin HALL  [1, 2
    Title Lord 
    Suffix Baron Llanover 
    Born 08 Nov 1802  Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 26 Feb 1803  St Pancras, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Created 16 Aug 1838 
    Baronet 
    Census 1851  9 Great Stanhope Street, St George Hanover Square, City of Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Head; Married; Baronet, Magistrate, M.P. 
    Raised to the Peerage 27 Jun 1859  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    as Baron Llanover of Llanover and Aber-carn 
    Census 1861  Llanover Court, Lower Llanover, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Head; Married; Peer. 
    Died 27 Apr 1867  Great Stanhope Street, Mayfair, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Buried 16 May 1867  Parish Church of St Bartholomew, Llanofer, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I20274  Silk Weavers and Stay Makers
    Last Modified 14 Jul 2017 

    Father Benjamin HALL,   b. 1778, Llandaff, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1817, Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Charlotte CRAWSHAY,   b. 1784,   d. 08 Jun 1839, The Albion Hotel, Brighton, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 16 Dec 1801  Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6, 8
    Family ID F6149  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Augusta WADDINGTON, Baroness,   b. 21 Mar 1802, Llanover House, Llanover, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1896, Llanover House, Llanover, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 04 Dec 1823  [2, 3
    Children 
    +1. Augusta HALL  [Natural]
    +2. Augusta Charlotte Elizabeth HALL,   b. 23 Sep 1824, Llanover, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Nov 1912, Llanover House, Llanover, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 14 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F6154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Head; Married; Baronet, Magistrate, M.P. - 1851 - 9 Great Stanhope Street, St George Hanover Square, City of Westminster, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Head; Married; Peer. - 1861 - Llanover Court, Lower Llanover, Monmouthshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Benjamin Hall Burial Register
    Benjamin Hall Burial Register

  • Notes 
    • London's "Big Ben" is supposedly named after this gentleman as he was Clerk of Works at the time it was built. From Wikipedia. He was appointed High Sheriff of Monmouthshire in 1826. He was elected Member of Parliament for Monmouth in May 1831, but his name was erased from the return already in July of the same year. However, he was successfully re-elected for the same constituency in December 1832.[1] He was instrumental in the passing of the Truck Acts of 1831 and campaigned against the abuse of parliamentary election expenses and championed the right of people in Wales to have religious services in Welsh. He also engaged in bitter controversy with the bishops on the state of the Anglican church in Wales and made attacks on the shameless exploitation of church revenues, complaining of unbounded nepotism.[2] In 1837 he was returned for Marylebone[3] and the following year he was created a baronet.[4] He served under Lord Aberdeen and then Lord Palmerston as President of the Board of Health between 1854 and 1855 and was sworn of the Privy Council in 1854.[5] In 1855 he introduced an Act of Parliament which led to the establishment of the Metropolitan Board of Works. He became First Commissioner of Works the same year and was responsible for many environmental and sanitary improvements in London.[6] He oversaw the later stages of the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament, including the installation of the 13.8-tonne hour bell, "Big Ben", in the clock tower. He was a tall man and many attribute its name to him, but this is questionable.[7] Through his wife, Hall inherited the Llanover estate in Monmouthshire. He remained as First Commissioner of Works under parliament until the Whigs lost power in 1858. The following year he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Llanover, of Llanover and Abercarn in the County of Monmouth.[8] From 1861 to 1867 he was Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire.[9] References 1. leighrayment.com House of Commons: Mitcham to Motherwell South 2.Friends of Torfaen Museum Trust. St. Bartholomew's Church, Llanover. 1996 See: http://www.roger.j.moss.btinternet.co.uk/church-history/lh.lwp/lh.htm[dead link] 3.leighrayment.com House of Commons: Macclesfield to Marylebone West 4The London Gazette: no. 19631. p. 1488. 3 July 1838. 5.The London Gazette: no. 21629. p. 3513. 17 November 1854. 6.Halliday S. The Great Stink of London. Thrupp, Gloucestershire: Sutton; 1999, p 59. 7Whitechapel Bell Foundry The Story of Big Ben See: http://www.whitechapelbellfoundry.co.uk/bigben.htm 8.The London Gazette: no. 22280. p. 2514. 28 June 1859. 9leighrayment.com The Peerage: Linklater of Butterstone to Lonsdale
    • "Big Ben", the Hour Bell at the houses of parliament, maybe named after this gentleman who was Commissioner for Works when it was erected. Opinion differs.(Benjamin was nicknamed "Big Ben" because of his stature.

      "The Visitations of England and Wales, volume 4, 1896" gives his date of burial as "3 May 1867" yet the Burial register for the Parish Church of St Bartholomew, Llanover gives his date of burial as "May 16th 1867". I wonder which is correct?

  • Sources 
    1. [S59] Wikipedia.

    2. [S2100] Dictionary of Welsh Biography, "Hall, Benjamin, Lord Llanover", Emiritus Professor David Williams, D. Litt. (1900-1978), Aberystwyth.

    3. [S2128] The Morning Post Newspaper, London, April 29, 1867, page 5, "Death of Lord Llanover".

    4. [S2135] Visitation of England and Wales Volume 4, 1896, page 29, "Hall of Llanover and Abercarn, co. Monmouth".

    5. [S2101] The Cheltenham Looker-on newspaper, May 4, 1867, page 11, "Death Of Lord Llanover".

    6. [S2174] A History of the County of Brecknock, Volume 1, Glanusk Edition, 1909, pages 140 - 143, "The Crawshay Pedigree", Theophilus Jones, (Name: Blissett, Davies and Co., Brecknock;).

    7. [S2127] Transcripts and Images of the Registers of the Parish Church of St Bartholomew, Llanofer, Monmouthshire, Wales, (Name: Brightsolid Online Publishing;).

    8. [S2099] A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Enjoying Territorial Possessions or High Official Rank, Volume 1, page 202, "Lineage of Benjamin Hall", John Burke, Esq., (Name: Henry Colburn, 13 Great Marlborough Street, London, England;).