John Frederick Ginnett (1826 – 1892)

Zippo’s Circus arrives in Brighton on the 18 August but Victorian Brightonians would have been entertained by an equally famous circus troupe run by the Ginnett family. John Ginnett was born in 1826 in Lea, Essex, son of a Frenchman, … Continued

Albert Huggins Heppell – ‘Professor Cyril’ (1866-1912)

The Paddle Round the Pier contest takes place in July; an event of which ‘Professor Cyril’, the Edwardian bicycle diver, would surely have approved. Professor Cyril or the more prosaically named Arthur Huggins Heppell, spent six years in Brighton, riding … Continued

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