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John Ellis (1789–1862)

Photo credit: Leicester Arts and Museums Service

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John Ellis farmed at Beaumont Leys, Leicester from 1807, then moved to Belgrave Hall in May 1846 where he lived until his death. He was promoter of the Leicester and Swannington Railway, and deputy chairman of Midland Railway and known as 'Railway John'. He was a Quaker and a liberal reformer, elected to the Town Council in 1836 and as a Member of Parliament for the County in 1848.

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens


  • Date

    19th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    63.5 x 50.8 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    gift from Miss Edith Ellis, 1951


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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

The Newarke, Leicester, Leicestershire LE2 7BY England

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