Last time I wrote about John Dinnis I ended in the 184os. You can read about it here: https://jackiedinnis.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/john-dinnis-1816-1894/
John was born in 1816, and is my great great grandfather. We resume his story with information taken from the England Census of 1851. John is now aged 35, his wife Charlotte is 48 and they now live at number 18 Ship Street, Brighton. This is a road next to Middle Street, where they lived in 1841, so they had moved – but not far!
John still lists his occupation as a Cook, and they have been very busy growing their family. From the last Census when they had one child, Catherine, they now have a further four children – two boys and two girls. They would have another in 1853 – a boy, George, my great grandfather.
Other household members are listed as their eldest daughter Catherine A, aged 13; son John Henry aged 7; Fanny aged 5; Harry aged 3 and baby Charlotte aged 4 months. Also listed at this address is John’s brother James, aged 30 and a general labourer also a visitor, Charlotte Junks aged 45 and a cook. James was born in Baldock, Hertfordshire, the same as his brother John.
We know that John Dinnis went on to become a Publican as well as a Cook, so perhaps he worked at one of the local hostelries in Ship Street. The Old Ship Hotel is the oldest historical hotel in the town.
To find who were neighbours of the Dinnis family I looked at www.myms.org.uk a website that lists streets and residents of Brighton & Hove. Although number 18 isn’t listed in 1852, we can see various occupations among the residents such as jeweller, stationer and bookbinder, brushmaker and cooper (a maker or repairer of casks and barrels) boot and shoe maker and several milliners (people making or selling women’s hats). There was a boarding house, Post Office and a boys proprietary school in the street and also worth a mention is number 26/27 – Sarah Matilda Stonham of the Seven Stars public house. Who would have guessed that 50 years later in 1901 a group of men would meet there and form the club of Brighton & Hove Albion.
At this time the town of Brighton was growing quickly, due in part to the London to Brighton Rail line opening in 1841. Gentlemen found they were able to travel to London on business in the morning and be home in time for dinner in the evening – the age of the commuter was here.
Charles Dickens was still a regular visitor to the town, staying at The Old Ship and also The Bedford Hotel both on the seafront. Day to day life included plays and performances at the Theatre Royal, recitals and concerts at the Old Ship and lectures at The Dome.
The Crimean War was taking place in the 1850s, between 1853 and 1856. This war ended with the Treaty of Paris and to celebrate this fireworks were let off over the Chain Pier in Brighton.