The son of William Bell Esq. of Greenwich, William Bell attended school there before entering Magdalene College as a pensioner in 1749 (B.A. 1753, Fellow 1753, M.A. 1756, D.D. 1767). He was domestic chaplain to Princess Amelia (1765), who assisted him in becoming prebendary of Westminster (1765) and Treasurer of St. Paul's (1766). Bell was Vicar of St. Bride's, Fleet Street (1776-80) and Christ Church, Newgate Street (1780-99). He founded the Bell Scholarships at Cambridge and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
A dissertation on the causes which principally contribute to render a nation populous. 1756.
An enquiry into the divine missions of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. 1761.
A defense of revelation. 1766.
A sermon preached ... at the consecration of ... John Thomas. 1774.
An attempt to ascertain and illustrate the authority ... of the Lord's Supper. 1780.
An enquiry ... being a supplement to An attempt. 1790.
A practical enquiry into... the Lord's Supper. 1790?
Sermons on various subjects. 2 vols, 1817.