Arthur Cecil Tyrrell Beck, Esq., M.P., J.P., a Prominent citizen from the History of Huntingdonshire, England.
Arthur Cecil Tyrrell Beck
Although the close and intimate connection between Mr Beck and the counties associated with this work has been interrupted by his removal to his present delightful residence, Harrold Hall, in the neighbouring county of Bedford, which he purchased in 1908, yet it is possible to deal in any fullness with the public men of Cambridge and Huntingdonshire, without including one who has played so honourable part in their recent history. Mr Beck has had an active and interesting career, though still on the sunny side of forty. He was born in the Dominion of South Africa in 1876, being the eldest son of the late Arthur William Beck, Esq. He was educated at that well-known Public School, Haileybury College, whence he matriculated at Jesus College, Cambridge.
Mr Beck then turned his attention to the study of law and was “called” as a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn on 26th April 1899. He was, however, never practised, preferring to devote himself to public work.
Mr Beck married Florence Mary, only child of the late William F Cooper, Esq., a lady who has proved herself a sympathetic and enthusiastically active co-adjutor in this aspect of her husband’s career. Being then resident at The How, near St Ives, Huntingdonshire, Mr Beck was in 1905 unanimously elected Mayor of that ancient Borough, the duties of which office he discharged with great efficiency and impartiality. As Chief Magistrate he was courteous and dignified and always ready to lean to the side of distress and poverty and to make every allowance for those less fortunately placed in life than their fellows. Mr Beck was also a hard worker on the Hunts. County Licensing Committee until he left the County. He is a Past President of the Cambridge County Agricultural Show.
In the following year came the General Election, and Mr Beck won the Wisbech Division of Cambridgeshire by a good majority for the Liberal Party, of which he was a staunch supporter.
At the first election of 1910 Mr Beck unsuccessfully contested the Chippenham Division of Wiltshire, his place at Wisbech being taken by the Hon. Neil Primrose, second son of Lord Rosebury.
At the December election of 1910 Mr Beck fought a strenuous and successful contest in the Saffron Walden Division of Essex, against Col. Proby, whom he defeated by the margin of forty votes. Though a keen political fighter, he has no personal enemies.
Mr Beck is a Justice of the Peace for Huntingdonshire and Bedfordshire. His town residence is at 26, Buckingham Gate, W., and his clubs are Reform and New Oxford and Cambridge
George Gaskell - circa 1900