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ABBEY, Alderman Henry
Mayor of Brighton 1875-76. The Abbey family took over the Bristol Brewery from William Hallett, later changed the name to Kemp Town Brewery (eventually sold to Charringtons in 1954). 17-19 Abbey Road
83 St George's Road
St Helen's Road
ABBEY, William Henry
Brewer, industrialist and landowner. Chairman of Kemp Town Brewery. Born and died in Brighton. He bought the Maresfield Estate near Uckfield in September 1924 for £61,714. It has been confiscated by the government from Count Alexander Münster in 1915 under the provisions of the Trading with the Enemy laws. Abbey soon sold some properties to tenants and others, then he and later his executors sold the estate in numerous building plots from 1933 onwards. He bought Sedgwick Park, Horsham in 1932, and this was his residence at the time of his death; he also bought Condover Hall in Shropshire in the 1930s but never lived there. He left £787,648 4s 10d (equivalent to £25m in current terms).
Image: portrait by Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley (Brighton & Hove Museums and Art Galleries)
17-19 Abbey Road
83 St George's Road
St Helen's Road
ABERGAVENNY [pron Abergenny] See Nevill
ABINGER, Lady Elizabeth
(d 1886)
Widow of James Scarlett, first Baron Abinger (1794-1844), chief baron of the treasury.
Image: portrait by Frances Elizabeth Grace [Brighton & Hove Museums and Art Galleries]
Abinger House, 142 King's Road [residence 1851-1886]
ABMUTY, Catherine Constantia
Younger daughter of barrister John Abmuty and Maria Elizabeth Kershaw, her mother being co-heiress of Alexander Kershaw, a deputy-lieutenant of Lancashire. She married attorney James Charles Michell at Clifton, Bristol in 1811. She added to the endowment of the Percy almshouses. She died at Brighton on New Year's Eve and was buried here on 5 January 1839. • 68 Great East Street [residence]
Composer, notably of more than 4o film scores and best known for the Warsaw Concerto featured in the film Dangerous Moonlight (1941), lived in Brighton from 1960 until his death. 5 Chichester Terrace
ADELAIDE, Princess (Adelheid Amalie Luise Therese Caroline) of Saxe-Meiningen
Became Queen Adelaide on the accession to the throne of her husband William IV in 1830. Adelaide Crescent
Royal Pavilion, Old Steine
Queen's Park
ADLER, Dr Nathan Marcus
Born in Hanover, son of the city's chief rabbi. Through his acquaintance with Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, seventh son of George III and Viceroy of the Kingdom of Hanover, he was recommended to apply for the post of Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, to which he was elected in 1844. He was a founder of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty and Better Protection of Children (NSPCC). It was during his rabbinate that Jewish emancipation was substantially achieved in the United Kingdom. 36 First Avenue [residence 1880-1890]
AINSWORTH, William Harrison
Thriller and adventure story writer. 5 Arundel Terrace [residence]
Prince ALBERT (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel)
Consort of Queen Victoria from 1840. Prince Albert Street
Albert Road
ALCOCK, Charles William (CW)
Born in Sunderland and grew up in Chingford, Essex. Educated at Harrow School, where he was a keen footballer. He first captained England in 1875, having been involved in arranging the earliest international matches from 1870 as secretary of the Football Association, in which role he also instituted the FA Cup. He played cricket for Essex and then edited James Lillywhite's Cricketers' Annual from 1871 to 1900 and the Cricket newspaper for a similar period. He died in Brighton. 7 Arundel Road [residence c1903-1907)
Princess ALEXANDRA Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia of Denmark {1844-1925)
Princess of Wales and consort of the future Edward VII. Alexandra Villas
• Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children, Dyke Road
ALLAN, Elizabeth
Actress who made around 50 films on both sides of the Atlantic from 1931. She appeared in 26 films in the first five years of the decade, taking the lead in most of them. She was under contract to MGM from 1933 but returned to England in 1938 after suing the studio for replacing her in The Citadel. Later in her career she appeared on television panel shows and advertising magazine programmes in the early days of ITV. She lived on the seafront at Hove. Courtenay Tye, Courtenay Terrace*
ALLANSON-WINN, Charles, 3rd Baron Headley
20 Brunswick Square
ALLEN, Chesney
Famous as the partner of Bud Flanagan and a member of the Crazy Gang, made 12 comedy films in that context between 1932 and 1946, with a final 13th Crazy Gang film outing in 1960. Okay for Sound (1937), which had run successfully on stage at the Brighton Hippodrome the previous year, is the only film on which he had a writing credit. He and Flanagan also appeared in the classic documentary Listen to Britain (1942). 21 Park Crescent Place [childhood home]
ALLEN, (Alfred) Hylton
Actor who made his stage début in 1899 and thereafter toured extensively in the United States and South Africa between appearances in the West End and on Broadway. His first film part, in Caesar and Cleopatra, did not come until 1945 at the age of 65 and was uncredited. He was credited in the three other films he made between then and 1951. The son of a butcher and farmer, in early childhood he lived at 24 Market Street. He was educated privately in London. In later life he lived at Haywards Heath. 24 Market Street [childhood home]
8 Clifton Terrace, Brighton [later family home]
AMHERST The family were prominent landowners in the Hangleton/Aldrington area.
      AMHERST, Jeffrey 1st Baron Amherst (1717-1797) (right in a painting by Joshua Reynolds) was commander-in-chief of the army and, following successes in the French and Indian War in North American, was the first British governor-general of the colonies that became Canada.
      AMHERST, William Pitt, 1st Earl Amherst of Arracan (1773-1857) (below right), nephew of Jeffrey Amherst, led a diplomatic delegation to China in 1816 and is believed to have provided illustrations of Chinese buildings that influenced the Prince Regent in the decoration of the Royal Pavilion (see Old Steine).
Amherst Crescent
ANGIER, Sir Theodore Vivian Samuel
Senior partner in the Angier shipping line founded by his father and a member of the Committee of Lloyds register. He stood for parliament twice: in Orkney and Shetland in 1902 and at Gateshead in 19061. Hill Crest, Dyke Road Avenue

1Walford (1919): 27
ANSTRUTHER, Sir Wyndham Carmichael, 7th bt
Declared an outlaw on two writs in 1851 (for non-attendance to answer civil actions for debt and thereby was removed from the protection of the law). He was photographed by the pioneers David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson in the 1840s. 35 Albany Villas
ARUNDALE, Francis Vyvyan Jago
Architect and architectural draughtsman and artist who had studied under Augustus Pugin. He travelled widely in Europe and the Middle East and produced extensive portfolios of drawings of architecture and ruins. 27½ East Street [residence and/or studio]
15 Devonshire Place [residence 1845-1853]
ATTREE, Thomas
Third (second surviving) son of William Attree. Solicitor. In 1825 he bought the land that became Queen's Park and built a house there, where he died. Queen's Park
ATTREE, William
Solicitor. Born in Ditchling. Founded the law firm with his name in 1773. Became the first clerk and treasurer to the town Commissioners in that year and later acted for the Prince of Wales. Acquired the lordship of the manor of Atlingworth. Attree Road
8-9 Ship Street
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