Category Archives: Harry Dinnis

1848 – 1888

Visiting The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton

During an online search I discovered there is a tour of the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton on the first Friday evening of every month. I was so excited about this because it is the hotel where John Dinnis and … Continue reading

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside – Ship Street

Here are some photographs taken in Ship Street and of the seafront at Brighton. The Old Ship Hotel is where John Dinnis lived and worked as a Cook and Publican, with his wife Charlotte Robinson and children Catherine Ann, John Henry, … Continue reading

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Middle Street School continued …

In the last post we looked at a couple of famous pupils of the school at the time the Dinnis family would have lived in Middle Street. In this post we shall look at the everyday life of the school. … Continue reading

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Middle Street in photographs

So, here is Middle Street. It’s where my great-great-grandfather and great-great-grandmother lived. John Dinnis worked first as a servant, then as a cook. They had five children here: Catherine Ann, John Henry, Fanny, Harry and Charlotte Harriet.

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Middle Street School

It was only when I got home from my meandering along Middle Street in Brighton the other day that I realised I had walked past one building without it registering on my radar at all. Middle Street School is a … Continue reading

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A Saturday Stroll in September

I took a stroll through my home town. It doesn’t matter when because in my mind it was the 1840s and I was wandering along beside my descendents in the street where they were born, lived and worked. Middle Street is situated in the … Continue reading

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The Packet Inn (part one)

The Packet Inn was located in Steine Street, near the bottom of St James’ Street in Brighton. This is very close to the seafront and is about three doors down from The Queens Head – where my great great grandfather John Dinnis lived and … Continue reading

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I’m British – Let’s Talk About the Weather

In Britain we talk about the weather. A lot.  At the moment we’re enjoying a hot summer with some showers.  Back in the summer of 1850 when John and Charlotte Dinnis lived in Brighton with their young family I think they would … Continue reading

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Brighton Chapel Royal and the Dinnis family

John and Charlotte (Robinson) Dinnis went on to have a further six children after the birth of Catherine Ann.  We know that Catherine Ann was baptised at St Nicholas Church in Brighton, and now we know the rest of the children were baptised … Continue reading

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John Dinnis during the 1870s

John Dinnis had moved from Brighton to Islington in London since the 1861 England Census. I don’t know why he and the family moved, but in the England Census of 1871 his address is 24 Parkfield Street. He is still … Continue reading

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