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HALÉVY, Jacob (Jake)
Born in Rishon-le-Zion in Palestine. Already married with three children, he graduated with an MSc in chemistry from the University of Manchester and became a teacher. In 1931 he founded a boarding school for Jewish boys in The Drive and moved it to a new building in Surrenden Road in 1934. The school moved to Handcross in 1958 and closed in 1967. He was an ardent Zionist. 62 The DriveSurrenden Road
HALL, Donald George MB BCh MA MD FRCP JP
Consulting physician. Served on the hospital ship Nubia during the Second South African War, Appointed resident house physician at the Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) by 1904, when he went into general practice. He served as assistant physician and then consulting physician at RSCH, chairman of the board of management and president. He was also on the staff of the Sussex Throat and Ear Hospital. He was an authority on the electrocardiograph. Donald Hall Road
• 30 Brunswick Place [residence 1906-1910]
• 29 Brunswick Square [residence 1911-1923]
• 31 The Drive [residence and deathplace 1924-1949]
HALL, Sir Edward Marshall
Edward Marshall HallThe barrister known as The Great Defender, was born and lived in Old Steine. 30 Old Steine
HALLETT family       HALLETT, William JP (1794-1862) was born at Rotherfield. A 'hotel keeper' (1841) and 'landed proprietor' (1861), he founded Kemp Town Brewery and built St John the Baptist RC Church in Bristol Road. He became High Constable of Brighton in 1834 and was the second mayor of Brighton in 1855; he died on 29 March 1862.
      HALLETT, William Henry JP DL (1827-1892)
Brewer. Served as mayor from 1866 to 1868 and again in 1881. He was a member of the Royal Clarence masonic lodge from 1868 and later the Earl of Sussex lodge. He died in Brighton and left £14,315 19s 3d.
Manor House, Manor Road [William's residence]
142 Marine Parade [William's residence before 1841-1861]
• Black Rock Manor Farm [WH's residence (with brother) 1871]
Buckingham House, 141 Marine Parade [WH's residence 1881-91]
Hallett Road
James Orchard Halliwell-PhillippsAntiquarian and Shakespearean scholar, bought 14 acres of land off Ditchling Road in 1877/78 to build a house but began by constructing a large wooden bungalow, which he called his 'rustic wigwam', to house his collection. He never built the planned house but lived in the bungalow until his death. His Nursery Rhymes of England (1842) contains the first printed version of the story of the three little pigs. 'Halliwell was merely accused, but never convited, of theft, but there was certainly a curious longstanding correspondence between a Halliwell visit to a library and books going missing.'1 Several hundred of his books are kept in a special collection at Brighton Library. 1Bill Brydon: Shakespeare, The Illustrated Edition. London: Harper Press, 2009: 223
HAMILTON, (Anthony Walter) Patrick
Patrick HamiltonNovelist and writer, son of a barrister, who spent part of his early years in Hove and set at least two novels in Brighton. A number of his works have been filmed: Gaslight in 1940 in England by Thorold Dickinson and again four years later in the US by George Cukor. His play Rope was filmed in 1948 by Alfred Hitchcock; a version was televised by the BBC in March 1939. He is only known to have written one screenplay, To the Public Danger (1948), a B feature. 12 First Avenue* [residence]
HANNAH, Revd John
HANNAH, Revd John Julius
Rev John HannahJohn Hannah was the son of a Lincolnshire Wesleyan Methodist minister. After an academy career, he was appointed Vicar of Brighton in 1870 in succession to Revd H M Wagner and became rural dean of Brighton and Hove in 1871 with a prebendary stall in Chichester Cathedral. He was archdeacon of Lewes by 1881. The parish church moved from St Nicholas to St Peter's during his tenure in 1873, when his son because vicar at St Nicholas. In 1876, the year he became archdeacon of Lewes, he founded the Pelham Institute as a working men's club and mission. He retired in 1877. His son,
Rev John Julius HannahJohn Julius Hannah was curate of Brighton from 1871 and vicar of St Nicholas, Brighton from 1873 until he succeeded his father as Vicar of Brighton and rector of West Blatchington in 1888. He was chairman of the Brighton and Preston School Board 1887-1901. By 1911 he was Dean of Chichester. He died at his home in West Hoathly and left £28,072.
Image: Portrait of John Hannah by Emily J Floris [Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust]
Pelham Institute, Upper Bedford Street
St Nicholas's Church, Church Street
St Peter's Church, St Peter's Place
The [Old] Vicarage, Montpelier Road [residence, now part of Brighton and Hove High School]
HANNINGTON, Bishop James
James HanningtonMissionary Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa and first of the martyrs of Uganda, for which he was made an Anglican saint. His feast day is 29 October, the anniversary of his murder on the orders of King Mwanga II. Hannington attended Temple School and worked in his father's warehouse business in Brighton from 1862 to 1868 and after ordination was curate of St George's, Hurstpierpoint until 1882. Bishop Hannington Memorial Church, Holmes Avenue
171 North Street [former Hannington warehouse]
HARDING, Gilbert (Charles)
Gilbert HardingJournalist and broadcaster, noted for being grumpy or irrascible as his public persona, which included regular appearances on the television programme What's My Line. He was voted personality of the year in the National Radio Awards in 1953/54. • 20 Montpelier Villas [residence ?-1960]
HARDWICK family The tenants of Hangleton Farm, who lived at the Manor House from the late 17th century to 1914. In the 1780s, the Duke of Dorset licensed William Hardwick as gamekeeper on the Hangleton estate. They farmed c.1840 on land owned by Amherst and Baker in Hangleton. Old Manor House, Hangleton [residence]
Hardwick Road<
HARDY, Alderman Miss Margaret
Margaret HardyThe first woman mayor of Brighton in 1933-34 and long-standing member of the Education Committee. York Place
Margaret Hardy School, Ladies Mile Road
7 Friar Road
HARRINGTON, Thomas Reuben
Brighton-born son of a carriage-repairer employed by the London Brighton & South Coast Railway. He went into the same trade as a coach-builder, setting up his own firm, Thomas Harrington Ltd, in Church Street in 1897. A new art deco factory was built in Old Shoreham RoadHe was initiated into the Atlingworth masonic lodge in April 1921. He left £53,381 17s. 35 Sydney Street [childhood home]
87a Church Street [works 1897-]
42 Park Crescent Terrace [residence 1911]
Cordoba, Tongdean Road [residence 1933-1963] • 274 Old Shoreham Road [coach works from 1930]
HARTY, Sir Hamilton
Hamilton HartyComposer and conductor of the Hallé Orchestra. 33 Brunswick Square [residence -1941, deathplace]
HAWKINS-WHITSHED, Lady Elizabeth Alice Frances
<Mrs Aubrey Le BlondA pioneering alpinist who wrote about and photographed mountain climbing,took a number of films in the Engadine Valley of Switzerland in 1898. She is almost certainly the world’s second female film-maker, whose work was praised by film pioneer Cecil Hepworth and the writer E F Benson, among others. Her films were included in film shows by James Williamson at Hove Town Hall in November/December 1900, and offered for sale in his catalogue of 1902. She was the daughter of Capt Sir St Vincent Hawkins-Whitshed bt, and related to the aristocratic (Cavendish-)Bentinck family, being a cousin of the Duke of Portland. She married three times and published under all her married names: Mrs Fred Burnaby, Mrs Main and that of her third husband, Francis Bernard Aubrey le Blond but her residence in Hove was listed under her maiden name. She also wrote biography and about gardens. She never again pursued filmmaking and does not even mention her work in her autobiography, Day In, Day Out, published in 1928. 67 The Drive [residence 1898-1908]
HAYES, Patricia
Patricia HayesDiminutive actress, who made her stage debut at the age of 12. Noted for many comedy roles, especially on radio and television, although the highest point of her career was in the BBC television play Edna, the Inebriate Woman (1971). She was married to actor Valentine Brooke. Her son is the actor Richard O'Callaghan. 138b Marine Parade [residence 1939]
Nurseryman, born in Isfield, Sussex, son of an agricultural labourer. Took over the nursery to the east of Dyke Road Avenue after the death in 1884 of its founder, Thomas Killick. His wife lived on until 1944. Hazeldene Meads
HEAD, Graham
Graham HeadFilm collector and archivist. He filled his lifelong home (where he had been born) with films and equipment. In particular he acquired important material by G A Smith, including film prints and negatives. Smith lived nearby in his later years and was friendly with Head. Parts of the collection were donated to the British Film Institute or sold at auction after Head's death but some is now held by the Cinema Museum, London. He was among the first day audience when the Regent Cinema opened in 1921. He was granted an aviator's certificate on 7 June 1930. 'The Croft', 8 Bigwood Avenue
Sir Herbert Henniker-HeatonFormer colonial secretary in Mauritius, the Gambia, Falkland Islands, Bermuda and Cyprus, Governor and commander-in-chief of the Falkland Islands 1934-1941. 5 Adelaide Court, Adelaide Crescent
HERVEY, Frederick William, 1st Marquess/5th Earl of Bristol
Elizabeth Upton  Marquess of BristolPolitician and local landowner, who had a house in Sussex Square 1831-1859 and was buried on 15 March 1859 in the Parochial (Woodvale) Cemetery. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1801-1803. He succeeded his father as 5th Earl in 1803 and was created Marquess of Bristol and Earl Jermyn of Horningsheath in the County of Suffolk in 1826.
      His wife was UPTON, Hon Elizabeth Albana
Sussex Square
Bristol Estate: Bristol Gardens; Bristol Gate; Bristol Mews; Bristol Road; Bristol Road East; Bristol Street; Bristol Terrace
HESSEL, Phoebe
Phoebe HesselBorn in Stepney, she enlisted as a private in the Fifth Regiment of Foot and fought across Europe, including under the Duke of Cumberland atthe Battle of Fontenoy in 1745, when she was wounded. She settled in Brighton and travelled around by donkey the nearby villages selling fish. The Prince Regent gave her an allowance of half a guinea (10s 6d) a week.
HILL, Captain Henry
Henry HillFormerly a tailor and quartermaster in the First Sussex Volunteer Rifles, turned art collector and dealer, notably of Degas, who was the first to buy 'In the Café' (L'Absinthe). As a Brighton town councillor representing Park Ward he was involved in establishing the Brighton School of Science and Art, founded the winter exhibitions of modern art at the Royal Pavilion and did much to develop Brighton's art gallery; his and Henry Willett's collections formed the first exhibition. He donated a window to St Peter's Church. According to the artist Frederic Leighton he went mad.
Image: Portrait by Frank Holl (1880) [Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust]
53 Marine Parade [residence 1865-1882]
HILL, Sir Rowland
Rowland HillLived in Hanover Crescent from 1844 to 1846. Then chairman of the London and Brighton Railway and postal reformer who had introduced the penny post with the world's first pre-paid adhesive postage stamps (the 'penny black') in 1840. In 1844 with John Stuart Mill, Edwin Chadwick and others he founded the Friends in Council discussion group which met in the members' houses. In 1846 he became secretary to the Postmaster General. 11 Hanover Crescent*
HILLIARD, Patricia
Patricia HilliardNée Patricia Penn-Gaskell in Quetta, India, the daughter of the actress Ann Codrington, she took the surname of her stepfather, the actor Stafford Hilliard. She appeared in some of the key films of the 1930s, getting her break in The Private Life of Don Juan (1934), after studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and signing a two-year contract with Warner Bros. This was followed by parts in The Ghost Goes West (1935) and Things to Come (1936). She abandoned film after 1942 to concentrate on the stage but joined the BBC Drama Repertory Company in the 1950s and worked in radio until she retired in the 1960s. She was married to the actor William Fox (1911-2008). 38 Grenville Place [residence]
HILTON, Daisy & Violet
Daisy & Violet HiltonConjoined twins, nées Skinner, raised as performers by Mary Hilton, the midwife who delivered and adopted them. In early childhood they lived with their adoptive parents at the Queen's Head pub in Steine Street, Brighton, then the Evening Star in Surrey Street. In 1931 they began to manage their own act and, by now living in the USA, made two films—Tod Browning's famous Freaks (1932) and Chained for Life (1951). 18 Riley Road* [birthplace]
Queen's Head, Steine Street [residence]
Evening Star, Surrey Street [residence]
Sir John HindmarshFought at the battles of the Nile and Trafalgar and became the first governor of New South Wales. 30 Albany Villas
HOARE, Wing Commander Bertie Rex O'Bryen (Sammy) DSO & bar, DFC & bar
Joined the Royal Air Force in 1936. Much decorated fighter pilot in World War Two, finally Base Commander of Little Snoring Airfield, Norfolk. Died as a result of a crash near Sydney Island in the Bay of Carpenteria, North Australia. Left effects of £741 4s 3d, later restated (1993) to £287,294. 5 Davigdor Road [residence 1912-1918]
5 Davigdor Road [residence 1918-1947]
HOARE, Prince
Prince HoareArtist and writer, born in Bath, son of William Hoare RA, who taught him until he entered the Royal Acacemy Schools in 1773. He studied in Rome from 1776 with Fuseli and Northcote until returning to England in 1780. Poor health leed to him abandoning painting after 1785 and moving to Brighton, where he exercised his skills as a linguist and published works of art criticism, literary history and biography. He died as the delayed result of a carriage accident.
Image: Royal Academy of Arts
Clarence Place [residence, deathplace]
HOBBS, Sir John Berry (Jack)
Jack HobbsSurrey and England cricketer and the first to be knighted (1953). He scored 61,760 runs and made 199 centuries. He later settled in Hove, where he nursed his wife, and died there soon after she did. Flat 1, 13 Palmeira Avenue* [residence c1960-1963]
Hove cemetery, Old Shoreham Road [grave]
HOBDEN, Dennis Harry
Dennis HobdenSon of a railway locomotive fireman, he was employed as a postman in March 1937, was a sorting clerk and telegraphist by 1939 and a clerical officer in the savings department by 1949. He became an officer of the Union of Post Office Workers and chaired the local Labour constituency party. He was elected MP for Brighton Kemptown in 1964 in 1964, the first ever Labour member for a Sussex constituency, with a majority of seven votes after seven recounts. He retained the seat in 1966 in an election with the largest ever election turnout in a Brightoin and Hove. He lost the seat in 1970. 9 Robert Street [early residence (1938)]
• 19 Rose Hill Terrace [residence 1947]
41 Brentwood Road, Hollingdean [residence 1956]
21 Portland Gate, 302 Portland Road [residence 1964]
Dennis Hobden Close
HOLMES, Alfred
Captain Clives (Alfred Holmes)Using the stage name Captain Clives, Holmes was a versatile music hall artiste—singer, comedian, trick shot—best known for his act as 'the World's Only Dog Equilibrist', which was filmed by James Williamson in 1902 as Captain Clives and his Clever Dog Tiger. He and his actress/singer wife, Blanche Corri, had a home in Tidy Street in the early 1890s. He was active between 1880 and 1903, travelling extensively in the UK and abroad, including the United States. 43 King Street [birthplace]
52 Tidy Street [residence]
Ship Street Gardens [deathplace]
HOLMES, Roy Leslie
Leslie HolmesSinger/songwriter, who performed solo as both Roy Leslie and Leslie Holmes but is best known for his long-lasting partnership with Leslie Sarony as The Two Leslies from 1934 to 1948. They regularly topped the bill at Brighton Hippodrome. He died at his home in Brittany Road on 27 December 1960 of an overdose of pills after drinking; the coroner's verdict was death by misadventure. 50 Brittany Road
HOLYOAKE, George Jacob
George Jacob HolyoakeSocial reformer and co-operative pioneer, journalist and author. In 1842 he was the last person to be sentenced in England to imprisonment for atheism, although he described himself as an agnostic. He coined the words 'secularism' (1851) and 'jingoism' (1878). His nephew was Horatio Bottomley.
Image: National Secular Society
36 Camelford Street* [residence 1886-1907]
HOUNSOM, William Allin JP
Landowner and developer, a leading Congregationalist. Hounsom Memorial United Reformed Church, Nevill Avenue
41 New Church Road, Hove
HOWELL, Charles
A Brighton-born landed proprietor, whose address in poll books is given as 'Old Hove'. He endowed Howell's almshouses in George Street, built in 1858 for 'reduced inhabitants' and consisting of one room on each floor, a tiny kitchen and outside WC1. He left less than £4,000. His memorial plaque is in St Andrew's Church, Hove. His son, Charles Wellington Howell, was the company secretary of the Peninsular and Orient Steam Navigation Company (P&O). Dial House, 3 Hove Terrace [residence]

James Gray [images]
HOZIER, William Wallace, 1st Baron Newlands
William W HozierScottish soldier and businessman. Created Baron Newlands of Newlands and Barrowfield in the county of the city of Glasgow and of Mauldslie Castle in the county of Lanark in 1898. At one time he owned Uplands, off Dyke Road Avenue, now Barrowfield Lodge in Barrowfield Drive. His niece was Clementine Hozier, who married Winston Churchill. His son died without issue and the title expired. Barrowfield Lodge, Barrowfield Drive
British civil servant. 10 Withdean Road [residence c1956-1971]
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