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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]
Constance GarnettGARNETT, Constance Clara (1861-1946)
Translator 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]
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
Isaac Lyon GoldsmidGOLDSMID, Sir Isaac Lyon bt (1778-1859)
Financier, 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 disput 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, General Sir William (1784-1875)
Commander-in-chief in India from 1850 to 1855 and Constable of the Tower from 1872, 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
Admiral Sir Richard GrantGRANT, Rear-Admiral Sir Richard RN (1783-1859)
Sailor.
  3 Adelaide Crescent
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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