Brighton and Hove people: V

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VALLANCE, Charles Sr
VALLANCE, Charles Jr
Family of brewers, maltsters, coal merchants and ship-owners.
      James Vallance (1766-1847). Born at Patcham. Attorney, who served his clerkship with Henry Brooker from 1785. He married Anne Catt (1769-1849).
      Edmund Vallance (1792-1849), Eldest son of James, he was baptised at the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, North Street. Continued in business as James Vallance & Sons after dissolution of the partnership with John Vallance in 1823; in partnership with William Catt.
      Charles Vallance Sr. Brewer, in partnership with William snr/William jr/Charles and Henry Catt. Son of James Vallance, born at Bath. He died at Belgrave House, leaving £104,890 5s 5d. St Peter's Church, Preston, has a memorial window to Charles and his wife Hannah (1800-1882).
      Charles Vallance Jr, Charles's eldest son (born in Bath), was also in the family business; living in 1871 at 4 Clarence Square, in 1881 at 33 Buckingham Place, where he died three months before his father. The Town Clerk, James Albert Freeman, was an executor of both wills.
8 West Street [brewery, family residence]
Belgrave House, (235) Preston Road [Charles's residence 1881]
4 Clarence Square
33 Buckingham Place [Charles jr's residence 1881]
64 Grand Parade [Edmund's medical practice]
18 St Aubyns [Edmund's residence 1891]

VALLANCE, John Brooker
John Brooker VallanceThe family claimed descent from the Earls of Pembroke, that name (and that of Aymer de Valance, 2nd Earl of Pembroke) being given to streets in the area of Hove they developed.
      John Vallance was a landowner and farmer. He built the Manor House (aka Hove House) off Hove Street, close to the current Vallance Gardens.
      John Brooker Vallance [right], son of John Vallance, was also a landowner and farmer. He was baptised at Union Street Chapel and built Brooker Hall (now Hove Museum).
Hove Manor House, Hove Street
Brooker Hall, New Church Road
Brooker Place
Brooker Street
Vallance Gardens, Vallance Road
d 1920
A former Paris model who married a Greek corn merchant with offices in London. She developed a stud farm at Thetford in Norfolk, raced at Brighton among other courses and had some success. She was killed in a motoring accident in 1920. Furze Court, Dyke Road Avenue [residence 1918]
Nonconformist preacher. A large memorial tablet on the Union Chapel commemorates his work there. Evangelical Mission (Union Chapel), Union Street
VINE, William
Had a post mill in Clifton Hill. Vine Place; Clifton Hill
VOKINS, William Henry
Draper, co-founder in 1882 of the Leeson & Vokins department store, which traded under that name until 1937 and then became W H Vokins until 1983, then simply Vokins until final closure in 1997. He left £124,227 17s 3d. Beechwood, London Road, Withdean [residence 1911-1955]
10 Eaton Gardens [deathplace]
VOLK, Magnus
VOLK, George Herbert (Bert)
Magnus VolkMagnus Volk [right] was the Brighton-born son of a German clockmaker. Electrical engineer. His best known legacy is Volks Railway on Madeira Drive. Among his many other pioneering works were electric lighting (introduced in the Royal Pavilion in November 1882, permandent throughout the building in 1883), telephony, the Daddy-Long-Legs railway and electric cars. From c1904 he lived at Hassocks Farm.
George Herbert Volk, second son of Magnus Volk, emigrated to Natal, South Africa in 1902, joining the Natal Mouned Rifles and serving in Zululand. Immediately after returning to Brighton in 1909 he visited Louis Bleriot's flight training school at Pau in France. He set up a motor works in 1910, where he also made parts for seaplanes that were assembled in the Volk's Railway carriage sheds on the beach opposite Paston Place, where another seaplane pioneer, John Cyril Porte, also worked for a time. The seaplane station was requisitioned by the government on the outbreak of war in 1914 but Volk had returned to South Africa the previous year.
51 Preston Street [residence 1871]
40 Preston Road [residence 1881]
36 Eaton Place [residence 1897]
11 Union Street
17 Gloucester Place [residence c1884-1887]
• 17 Clermont Terrace [residence 1901-1903]
15 Marine Square [residence 1913]
38 (now 128) Dyke Road* [residence 1914-1935]
86 Gloucester Road [Volk's Motor Works workshop 1910-1912]
Paston Place [Volk's Seaplane Station]
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