William Henry Bonnewell (1827-1883) was a businessman.

Born in Gloucestershire, he moved to London where he established a business manufacturing printing type in the City of London and a newspaper publishing and printing works in Clerkenwell.

In 1866 he was elected to the Common Council of the City, representing Faringdon Without Ward.[1]

In November 1879 he was elected as one of City's representatives on the London School Board, advocating strict economy and seeking to limit elementary education to the "three Rs".[2] At the next school board election in November 1882 he was defeated, coming last of the six candidates.[3]

In June 1883 he was adjudged bankrupt and receivers were appointed to his businesses.[4] He died later in the same year at his Islington residence.[5]


  1. "The Wardmotes". The Standard: p. 2. 22 December 1866. 
  2. "The New School Board". Pall Mall Gazette. 2 December 1879. 
  3. "The School Board Elections. Results of the Polling". The Daily News. 27 November 1882. 
  4. "Failures". Liverpool Mercury. 3 July 1883. 
  5. Register of Deaths Deaths December 1883, Islington District, Vol.1b, p.221: BONNEWELL, William Henry, aged 57

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