Category Archives: Churchyard

Into the Labyrinth

Often visitors to older burial grounds assume that the box tomb – coffin shaped as it can be – holds the body of the deceased. Sometimes they will even pry away at loose capstones trying to peek within. The bones … Continue reading

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The Double Death of Anna Maria Crouch

Born in Grays Inn Lane in April 1763, Anna Maria was destined to the stage, giving private performances of her ‘fine toned’ voice by the time she was ten, and by fourteen  performing at the Drury Lane Theatre and earning … Continue reading

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Mr Weiss and his Instrument of Certain Death

John Weiss came to London from Rostock in 1780. His father had been a cutler and served as Master Cutler to the Rostock Guild of Smiths; Weiss  took to the manufacture of surgical instruments and in 1787 opened for business … Continue reading

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Corporal Staines

Corporal Staines lived and died in Brighton during the first half of the nineteenth century. A former Marine, he was buried at the foot of another old soldier Phoebe Hessel, but his grave is not marked, and his name doesn’t … Continue reading

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Historical disorder

St Nicholas gardens have always been rough around the edges. One of the first entries in the Parks and Gardens minute book in 1951, following the reopening of the churchyard after the clearance, was about disorderly youngsters causing a nuisance … Continue reading

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The Great Clearances

The growth of the dead will mirror the growth of the living, and as the population of Brighthelmston increased so did the old ground around the church. Expansion peaked in the 19th century, with the northern extension opening in 1825 and the … Continue reading

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