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

Arthur Foster Griffith, 1856 – 1933

Solicitor, Alderman, Naturalist, Collector. Arthur Foster Griffith was the son of Dr Griffith, the popular head master of Brighton College, and the brother of the well-known Egyptologist, Francis Llewellyn Griffith. Griffith donated significant quantities of objects to Brighton Museum & Art Gallery many … Continued

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