My great great grandfather, John Dinnis was 45 years of age when the England Census of 1861 took place. He had previously lived with his family in Middle Road and Ship Street, just off Brighton seafront. He had worked as a Cook.
By 1861 the family had moved a few streets along the seafront to Steine Street, and were living and working in The Queens Head Inn. I believe it was number 3 Steine Street. I’m not sure when they moved, but in the Post Office Directory from 1859 (http://www.pubshistory.com) J.Dinnis is listed along with the Queens Head, 3 Steine Street.
John Dinnis is listed as a Cook and Publican, none of his children have occupations listed so it is perhaps alright to assume they helped out in the Inn. In this year the household members are listed as:
John Dinnis 45 Cook and Publican
Charlotte Dinnis 52 wife
Catherine A. 23 daughter
John H. 17 son
Fanny 15 daughter
Harry 13 son
Charlotte H. 10 daughter
George 7 son (George is my great grandfather)
Also listed at the same address is Barnes’s Auction Rooms, which is perhaps not unusual as Inns and pubs were also used for markets, auctions and even for staging trials. (www.photosbrightonandhove.org.uk)
Other household members are listed as Alexander Gardiner, 49, a publican’s servant; Sarah Gasson, 19, a publican’s servant; and John Faulkner, 32, a visiting Coachman. Next door to the Inn were the Royal mews, with the riding-master Thomas Roberts.
Other neighbours included Cuthbert & Cable, dressmakers at number 1; William Bramwell, accountant and collector at number 2; and my favourite is Mary Fullick at number 6 with the wonderfully named ‘Packet Inn’. (www.myms.org.uk)
Steine Street is just across the road from The Dome, The Royal Pavilion and the Theatre Royal. The Dome used to be a Royal Stables and Riding House, but from 1856 – 1864 it was used as a cavalty barracks before being re-modelled as a concert and assembly hall, re-opening on June 24th 1867. (www.brightondome.org)