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GALLARD, George
Brewer, property developer in the Cliftonville area. 44 Albany Villas (Albany Cottage, 1854)
3 Ventnor Villas
George Street, Hove
GARFIELD, Leon
1921-1996
Author of more than 30 novels, mainly children's fiction based on historical themes. He was born in Brighton and attended Brighton Grammar School from 1932 to 1938. 23 Palmeira Mansions, Church Road [childhood/family home]
GARNETT, Constance Clara
1861-1946
Constance GarnettTranslator of Russian literature, was the daughter of solicitor David Black and sister of architect Ernest Black, Clementina Black and mathematician Arthur Black. She was educated at Brighton and Hove High School and Newnham College, Cambridge. She married the writer and literary editor Edward Garnett.
GARRICK, John
1902-1966
Actor, born Reginald John Arthur Dandy, who began his film career in Hollywood in 1929, just as the talkies began, making films mainly for Fox. During the gap in his filmography between 1931 and 1934 he returned to the UK, where he continued a steady output, mainly in leading roles and often in musicals until, for his last film The Great Victor Herbert (1939), he returned to Hollywood. Film critic Geoff Brown describes him as 'an actor-singer of unbending mien'. He died in San Francisco. • 148 Queen's Park Road [childhood home]
GIBNEY, Sir John MD
1763-1836
Born in Co Meath, Ireland, graduate of Edinburgh medical school 1790. Senior physician to the Sussex General Infirmary, author of Practical Observations on the Use and Abuse of Cold and Warm Sea-Bathing in Various Diseases: particularly in scrofulous and gouty cases (1813), which anticipated the use of shock treatment for mental disorders. Friend of the Prince Regent. His will, dated 23 April 1836, is in the National Archives1. He died in Co Meath. 1PROB 11/1860/463
GILL, Eric
1882-1940
Sculptor, designer, typographer and artist. 32 Hamilton Road* [birthplace]
53 Highcroft Villas [childhood home]
Prestonville Road [residence]
GINNETT, John Frederick
1825-1892
Equestrian performer and circus proprietor. When he died here he owned The Eden Theatre in North Road, Brighton, the Hippodrome theatres in Belfast and Torquay and 274 horses. He is buried in Woodvale Cemetery in a mausoleum topped with a statue of a horse. • 27 Wellington Road [residence]
Eden Theatre, North Road, Brighton
Woodvale Cemetery Lewes Road [burial place]
GLOAG, Lieut-General Archibald Robertson
1831-1914
Born at sea en route to Bombay. Joined the Madras Artillery as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1850, promoted to captain 1860 and from colonel to major-general 1883; retired 1884 with the honorary rank of lieutenant-general. 6 Eaton Gardens [residence 1907-1914, probable deathplace]
GODLEY, William
1833-1912
Local marine stores merchant, resident of Montreal Road from the 1880s. He died unmarried, leaving money for William Godley's Charity and bequeathing £1,000 to build a clock tower in Queen's Park from an estate of £13,842 11s 2d. 2 Montreal Road
Queen's Park (clock tower)*
GODWINSON, Harold
c1022-1066
King of England 5 January-14 October 1066, successor to Edward the Confessor and the last Anglo-Saxon monarch. His father was Godwin, Earl of Wessex, and his grandfather probably Wulfnoth Cild, a thegn of Sussex. Patcham
GOLDING, Joyce
1922-2012
Having performed with ENSA during the Second World War, Joyce Golding became a leading variety artiste in the post-war years. She was married in 1949 to William 'Freddie' Squires, brother of Dorothy Squires. Folowing the death of Freddie in 1955, she formed a double act with Tony Stuart, a Brighton singer and actor, with whom she put on variety shows at the 42 Club in Brighton. She retired in 1962 and lived with her daughter in Hove. From 1987 she had a paper round, delivering newspapers from her scooter, which she continued until two days before her 80th birthday, making her the oldest known papergirl in the country. • Wilbury Gardens
GOLDSMID, Sir Isaac Lyon bt
1778-1859
Isaac Lyon GoldsmidFinancier, bullion broker and proponent of Jewish emancipation. He was the first Jew to be granted a baronetcy (by Lord Melbourne in 1841). The Knighthood of the Tower and Sword of Portugal was bestowed on him in 1846 with the title Baron de Palmeira in regard for his work in resolving a financial dispute between Portugal and Brazil. One of the founders of the London Docks and of University College London (then the University of London), for which he acquired the site in Gower Street. He married his cousin Isabel Goldsmid. His daughter Rachel married Count Henri Salomon d'Avigdor, Duke of Acquaviva. Goldsmid Road
Palmeira Avenue
Palmeira Mansions
Palmeira Mews
Palmeira Place
Palmeira Square
GOLDSMID, Isabel
1788-1860
Daughter of Abraham Goldsmid, married her cousin Issac Lyon Goldsmid. Isabel Crescent
GOLDSMID, Sir Julian bt
1838-1896
Succeeded his uncle, Sir Francis Goldsmid, to the estates in Sussex, Kent and Berkshire. He died in Brighton, although his principal resident was Somerhill, near Tonbridge, Kent. Julian Road
GOMM, Field Marshal Sir William Maynard
1784-1875
Solider whos erved in most battles of the Napoleonic Wars, then saw action during the Peninsular War in the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley. Commander-in-chief in India from 1850 to 1855 and Constable of the Tower from 1872, he died at his final residence in Brunswick Terrace. 33 Brunswick Terrace [residence -1875]
GOULTY, Rev John Nelson
1788-1870
A cousin of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, was minister of the Union Chapel from 1823/24 to 1862. Born in East Dereham, Norfolk. He was secretary to the Board of Governors of the Brighton Union Charity School, Middle Street 1835-1866 and founded at least two schools: the Royal British School, Eastern Road (with Lord John Russell) and one for the children of fishermen at the southern end of West Street. In 1841 and 1851 he lived at 174 Western Road, in 1861 at 1-2 Sussex Square. Both were girls' schools where in the later years his two daughters were school mistresses. With his architect son H N Goulty, Amon Henry Wilds and John Cordy Burrows, he founded the Brighton Extra Mural Cemetery in 1850. Union Chapel, Union Street
GRANT, Admiral Sir (Edmund) Percy (Fenwick George) RN
1867-1952
Chief of staff to Second in Command of the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland 1916 and chief of the Australian Naval Staff 1919-1921. 8 Palmeira Court
GRANT, Rear-Admiral Sir Richard RN
1783-1859
Admiral Sir Richard GrantSailor. 3 Adelaide Crescent [residence 1856-1859]
GREEN, Nigel (Mcgown)
1924-1972
Character actor, born in Pretoria, South Africa, best known for playing military and authoritarian types. He came to fame in the mid 1960s in Zulu (1964), and The Ipcress File (1965). He was found dead of an accidental overdose of sleeping tablets in his Sussex Square flat, although some believed it may have been intentional. 12 Chichester Terrace [residence, mid 1950s]
3 Sussex Square [final residence from 1958]
     
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