Brighton News Story — 13 February 1797: Smoaker Miles interred at Brighton

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On Thursday last the remains of John Miles, alias Smoaker Miles, who died a few years ago in his 74th year of age, were interred at Brighthelmstone.  The above well-known character had been for many years the Chief Bather at that place.  His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has distinguished him by several marks of his favour.

From The Sussex Weekly Advertiser, 13 February 1797


You can learn more about John ‘Smoaker’ Miles on this post published last week.

7 Responses

  1. Lynda Croft

    John ‘Smoaker’ Miles is my 6th x Great Grandfather. It make a change to have someone that is so sweet. My other Grandfathers are of all the Plantagenets, Normans (inc. William de Normandy) and all the Vikings…’rebels’.
    I ride racehorses myself, so John makes me proud to be of his bloodline.

    • Angela

      Well goodness me. He’s my GREAT..etc. Grandfather too, through Terras Birch in NZ. Have just found out about him through my mother yesterday.

  2. Pat Hills

    Mine too!! Via my paternal grandmother.
    Pat Hills (formerly St John)

    • Carole Kelly

      He is my 6 x great grandfather too through my paternal grandfather, the Pierces, Brighton fishermen for generations. I still live in Brighton.

  3. Marianne Baddiley

    John is my 5 x Gt Grandfather through the Pierce’s and last night I found out how he got the nickname Smoaker – he had a fish smoking house on Brighton beach

  4. Margaret Elliott

    John is my 5 x Gt Grandfather through my paternal grandmother Rose Harman. My grandchildren have enjoyed telling the story at school and we have made several visits to see his portrait in the Pavilion.

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