Category Archives: Rest Garden

James Justinian Morier and the Adventures of Hajji Baba

James Justinian Morier published The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan  in 1824 and followed in 1828 with The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan in England . Satirical novels, they explored contemporary Persian society through he eyes and adventures … Continue reading

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Sir Matthew Tierney: ‘The Bloody Baron of Brighthelmstone’

MATTHEW  TIERNEY, was the eldest son of John Tierney, a  farmer and weaver from Ballyscandland, co. Limerick. The family was not wealthy and   Tierney’s  education comprised what he could pick up at the local Hedge School.  Tierney was apprenticed to … Continue reading

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Ghosts of the stones: if not the bones

Of course, when the monuments – the box tombs, the chest tombs, the headstones, the foot stones, the obelisks, the table tombs, the grave rails, the kerbs and other stonework items of memorial – were cleared, the workers only scratched … Continue reading

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How to Fill a Graveyard

The Brighton Herald paints a stark picture of life at Brighton in the first part of the 19th C. Small wonder that first the churchyard, then the northern extension (1825) then the Rest Garden (1841) were filled so swiftly. “There are, … Continue reading

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Buried ‘neath the snow

Barroness Erskine Henry Tuppen Sir Richard Phillips

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Sir Richard Phillips and the skull of Cardinal Wolsey

Born 1767 in Leicester; the son of a Farmer, or perhaps in London; the son of a Brewer, Richard Phillips, despite having been imprisoned for distributing copies of Thomas Paines, ‘Rights of Man’   became Sherriff of London in 1807 … Continue reading

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The Deathly Pyramid

When Amon Henry Wilds approached to the parish to get the contract for designing the Rest Garden which was opened in 1841, he offered a grand vision, and the most eye-catching feature was the pyramid at the west of the … Continue reading

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A Rest Garden Factuary

The St Nicholas Rest Garden was opened in 1841 – a substantial extension to the existing burial ground around the church and to the north of Church Street. Laid out by Mr Amon Henry Wilds, this image shows his vision … Continue reading

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Martin Archer Shee (1789 – 1850)

“ A skilful portrait painter, perfect gentleman and atrocious poet” Sir Nicholas Grimshaw PRA 2009 Poet, playwright, novelist and artist, Archer Shee was appointed President of  the Royal Academy in 1830. Of those remembered at the Rest Garden, the importance … Continue reading

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Funerary Violin and the Forgotten Vault

“It is only by staring Death in the face that you can truly say you have known Life; it is only by losing that which you hold most dear that you can truly say you have known Love; such is … Continue reading

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