Old News


The Death of G. Farr Arnold

From the Herts Advertiser,

 27th February, 1897



St Albans


Gradually are the links between old St. Albans and the new being severed. We regret to announce the death  at a very advanced age of Mr. George Farr Arnold, who was at one time a somewhat prominent man in local public life. For many years - we should say about 50 - had the deceased gentleman resided in the town, but he came from Woburn Sands to St. Albans. He was extremely well known, although within recent years he had been forgotten, as he had passed out of the public life of the city. Many interesting reminiscences could be given of his career, but we shall content ourselves by dealing with a few of the main facts associated with his life. He was a man of pronounced opinions, and in his day was an ardent advocate of temperance. In this connection it is worthy of note that he was associated with several well known temperance leaders, among whom was Mr. John Cassell, who at one time resided in the country, frequently visited St. Albans, and ultimately founded a well-known London publishing firm. He was also assisted in the work of temperance by Mr. William Willis, the father of Mr. Willis, the popular Q.C., while another co-worker of the deceased was Mr. Jabez Inwards, a lecturer. The deceased at one time took control of the old Chapel in Dagnall-street, which then became known as Trinity Chapel - about 20 years ago - and arranged with ministers to attend and conduct the services. At this juncture we may fittingly allude to the deceased's connection with the old St. Albans temperance fetes, in fact he was the chief proprietor of them. He spent agood deal of money upon them, but they were discontinued some years ago. Deceased leaves no family. In 1855 he sought a seat on the Town Council. He was one of eight candidates, these being known as the "Corporation four" and the "Simpson's four."  There was a fierce struggle, and the deceased was among the defeated. Some lively electioneering proceedings took place, recalling many interesting features of life in the old city. The following year the deceased was successful in obtaining a seat on the Council, 275 votes being recorded for him.  Subsequently he took a prominent part in public affairs, serving for a considerable time as a Guardian of the Poor. In 1873 he again contested a seat on the Town Council, but was defeated, and the same fate befell him the following year. Early in 1875 there was a memorable single-handed fight between the deceased and Dr. Prior, when he was vistorious, but in the follow November he lost his seat. In 1878 he was returned at the head of the poll, with 455 votes, but shortly after retired from the Council. Deceased at one time resided in St.Peter's-street, and was a builder. He also had a brickworks on Bernard's Heath, and was the means of giving an impetus to building operations in the city.

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