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PAINE, Cornelius (1785-1869)
Son of a Brighton schoolmaster, he was apprenticed into the grocery trade in 1800 and went into trading in the firm of (Edward) Kensington & Paine with sugar plantations in Montserrat. Following the abolition of slavery in 1833 his firm was awarded £5,061 compensation for two estates that had 323 slaves. By 1851 he was living at 9 Lewes Crescent, described as a 'retired colonial broker'. Also known as an artist and bibliophile, seven of his watercolour paintings of local townscapes are in the collection of Brighton Museum. As a member of the library sub-committee in 1875, he made a large donation now known as the Paine Collection and housed in the Jubilee Library and the Keep. He left 'under £140,000'. His son, also Cornelius, returned to the house and died there in 1890.
  9 Lewes Crescent
PANKHURST, Edward John
A councillor for the Queen's Park Ward and mayor of Brighton in 1921-23. The family owned land and property in the Queens Park area.
  Pankhurst Avenue
Freshfield Road
Charles Stewart ParnellPARNELL, Charles Stewart (1846-1891)
MP, Irish nationalist, founder and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. Famously involved in the divorce scandal concerning Katharine O'Shea.
  Carlisle Road (plaque on Dorset Court)
10 Walsingham Terrace
Parnell Court, Medina Place
PAXTON, Air Vice-Marshall Sir Anthony DFC (1896-1957)
Senior Air Staff Officer at the British Air Forces of Occupation HQ and then RAF Director-General of Personnel.
  47 Dyke Road Avenue
Giuseppe PecchioPECCHIO, Count Giuseppe (1785-1835)
Italian politican, auditor in the Council of State 1810-1814, then in 1819 became a deputy in the provincial parliament of Milan. He took part in the Piedmontese revolution of 1820 and went into exile in March 1821 in Switzerland, Spain and Portugal but settled in England in July 1823. He earned a living by teaching in Nottingham but between March and December 1825 went with Byron's friend Captain Gamba to deliver a loan to Greek partisans. He returned to Nottingham, then moved a year later to York, where in September 1828 he married Philippa Brooksbank (1785-1868), daughter of a rich landowner. This allowed Pecchio to leave teaching and the couple moved to Brighton. He wrote Semi-serious Observations of an Italian Exile, during his residence in England (London: Effingham Wilson, 1833 and Philadelphia: Key & Riddle, 1833)1. His wife lived on in their home with Madame Negri until c1856 but then returned to the family home in Yorkshire.
1Available online
  50 Lewes Crescent [residence 1828-1835]
Laurence PeelPEEL, Laurence (1801-1888)
Sixth son of Sir Robert Peel 1st bt, whose eldest brother was twice prime minister. He married Jane Lennox, daughter of the 4th Duke of Richmond. Conservative MP for Cockermouth 1827-1830, after which he and his wife devoted themselves to charitable and religious causes.
  32 Lewes Crescent [residence 1846]
Sir Lucas PepysPEPYS, Sir Lucas, 1st bt (1742-1830) Physician, the son of banker William Pepys and Hannah Russell, daughter of Dr Richard Russell. In 1777 he was appointed physician-extraordinary to George III, whom he attended during the king's periods of madness, physician-in-ordinary in 1792. He was physician-general to the army from 1794. He practised in Brighton during the summer and in Grosvenor Square, London the rest of the year. He was related to the diarist Samuel Pepys and in 1772 married, as her second husband, Jane Elizabeth Leslie, who succeeded as 12th Countess of Rothes the following year.
Portrait by Henry Edridge, engraved by James Godby
PERCY, Dorothy and Philadelphia Percy
Daughters of the Duke of Northumberland.
  Percy and Wagner Almshouses, Lewes Road
Leading botanist in the early 19th century. Proposed a giant botanical glasshouse structure, the Anthaeum, that was constructed at the northern end of A H Wilds' Oriental Place. The building collapsed whent he scaffolding was removed on completion. He also collaborated with Wilds on the design of The Level.
  The Level
PIPER, Major-General Robert Sloper RE (1790-1873)
Died in Brighton and is buried in the Parochial Cemetery. His son, Robert William Piper (1825-1873) married Mary Ann Vallance and also died in Brighton.
  12 Cavendish Place
J K PophamPOPHAM, James Kidwell (1847-1937)
Pastor of the Galeed Chapel, Brighton for 55 years.
  Popham Road, Tongdean
Margaret PowellPOWELL, Margaret
Became famous after publishing her memoir Below Stairs (1968). She began as a kitchen maid in 1922, earning £24 a year.
  8 Adelaide Crescent
222 Old Shoreham Road.
PRENDERGAST, General Sir Jeffrey (1769-1856)
Auditor-General of the Madras Army.
  10 Brunswick Square
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