Category Archives: St Nicholas

Richard Pahl and the Baby Blitz

TUESDAY APRIL 19 1944 THE last attack of the Baby Blitz, a renewed offensive against London in the spring of 1944, occurred on this particular night. Taking part was twenty four year old Oberleutnant Richard Pahl in a Messerschmitt 410A-1 … Continue reading

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Mary Coupland and the Wall of Death

In November 1800, 19 year old Mary Coupland was on her way along Church Street heading to St Nicholas Church where she was due to perform bridesmaid duties at a wedding. Sadly a wall near the old stables fell upon … Continue reading

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Hard Times at Brighton – A Matchmans’ Tale

Born in 1756, John Standing commenced  working life as a bricklayer in his native Hurstpierpoint. Misfortune struck in his 30’s when he fell from a scaffold, severely injuring his spine. His thumb was also broken and reversed and he lost … Continue reading

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Edward Colman and the ‘Job for Life’

Edward Colman held the post of Serjeant at Arms at the House of Commons from 1775 to 1805. Before getting this position he had also been Clerk of the Robes and Wardrobes and  Usher of the Privy Chamber, but Serjeant … Continue reading

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Martha Gunn and the Kings Evil

Martha Gunn was the most celebrated bather of Brighton, and remains one of the most celebrated occupants of the ancient ground.  The bathing business and Madam Gunn’s particular position as ‘Queen of the Dippers’ is well covered elsewhere (here, here … Continue reading

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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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Coded Mortiquaria

Those who plan to visit the ancient St Nicholas Ground in the month of September may wonder at the odd motifs which adorn divers monuments and inscripted pieces. It is not unknown for strange symbols to appear in this place … 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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