The Warwickshire man picked up where he left off against Australia last week, replicating the 109 he scored in a winning cause at Trent Bridge to provide the backbone in an otherwise moderate batting display as the hosts reached 289 for seven at stumps.
Having also reached three figures in Sydney in the last game of the 2010/11 series, Bell has joined Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond and Chris Broad in scoring hundreds in three successive Tests against the old enemy.
But with occasional leg-spinner Steven Smith dismissing him, Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior in a six-over spell in the evening session, it is Australia who will resume in the morning in the ascendance.
Having chosen to bat first England would surely have hoped for better, but Bell believes their early struggle to 28 for three means they have actually bounced back adequately.
"I guess we would have taken it early on at three down for 20-odd," he said.
"Obviously it's disappointing to lose those wickets at the end but it's not a bad day for us.
"We'd take where we are tonight after being three down this morning. It was a really good day of Test cricket, a fight all the way through.
"But with the guys we've got coming in, if they're there for an hour they will score at a decent rate and try to put as much pressure on Australia as possible.
"We'd like to win the first hour tomorrow morning and get up somewhere near 350."
Bell was eager to place his own achievements in the context of the game at large and the team's goals, that is the England way under Andy Flower, but he also allowed himself a moment of individual pride.
When told he had emulated Hobbs, Hammond and Broad, not to mention earned his fourth entry on the famous Lord's honours board, he said: "It's absolutely incredible, I've only just found that out now.
"It's a real honour to be with those kind of names and (to do it) playing at Lord's as well. It's a special place when you get your name on that honours board.
"It's always an incredible place when you do well, really special.
"Some days you get yourself to 30 then get out but when it's your time you've got to try and cash in and hopefully the last two times I've done that."
Bell was also quick to praise Bairstow's resolve after he was clean bowled by Peter Siddle on 21 only to be reprieved due to a no-ball and go on to reach 67.
"He composed himself well in a tricky situation," said Bell.
"I would've thought it's quite a nice feeling if you get called back when your middle stump is on the floor.
"But he did really well to gather himself, that was a good knock for us today."
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