Category Archives: Churchyard

A & AH Wilds and the Ups and Downs of Life

Amon Wilds arrived at Brighton from Lewes in 1815. With his son Amon Henry and partner Charles Busby he established a ‘builder/architects practice which significantly shaped Brighton and Hove at a time of unprecedented growth. The collected works of A … Continue reading

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The Lady Eldona At Her Tower

Graveyard Hauntings : The Lady Eldona at her Tower

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A Life Too Full To Fit – Sake Dean Mahomet

Sake Dene Mahomet is remembered by a monment in the enclosed area at the rear of the church. He was the first Indian to write and publish a book in English, opened the first indian restaurant in London and invented … Continue reading

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Hilbers the Blood Royal Homeopath

His grandfather was the 7th Baronet Whichcote and  his father was an accountant. On his mothers side, George Hilbers could trace his lineage back to Edward III and is listed in the Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal. Qualifying as … Continue reading

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Smoaker Miles: Phantasmagoria, Swimming with Dr Johnson and other stories

John ‘Smoaker’ Miles (1721-94) In Georgian Brighton, sea bathing was a highly regulated affair, with men and women separated to different times and locations and to protect modesty further, compelled to use bathing machines. These were wooden structures where bathers … Continue reading

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Lord Byron, Class War and the price of a Decent Send Off

Originally placed at the grave close to the Church Street boundary and the monument to Anna Maria Crouch, but removed during the clearances of the late 1940’s, a headstone bearing the following inscription: To the memory of HARRIET daughter of … Continue reading

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John Rowles and the Battle of Tar Tub

“When the night of the fires was a spontaneous outburst of protest, a chance for the underdogs of society to have a bark and a bite, any opposition by authority to fires and fireworks on the streets only seemed to … Continue reading

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The Honest Hairdresser

At the far eastern side of the Old Ground, close to the monument to Amon Wilds, there once stood a headstone bearing the following epitaph: JOHN JORDAN                           … Continue reading

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Conversation with the dead

Edited and illustrated from ‘Memories of a clairvoyant’ by Penny Lodge which first appeared on the My Brighton & Hove community website Here is a rather unusual, but completely true, story about an encounter I had at St Nicholas’ Church … Continue reading

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Graveyard Hauntings

At this time of year the doings of the spirit world bother us most, with many cultures and beliefs finding room for the dead to walk again. It is curious that burial grounds in England  – considering their abundance of … Continue reading

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