Category Archives: John Dinnis

1816 – 1894

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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The Life and Times of Fanny Dinnis 1846 – 1927

Fanny Dinnis was my great-grand aunt, the sister of my great-grandfather, George Dinnis. Their parents were John Dinnis and Charlotte Robinson. Fanny was born in Brighton in 1846 and baptised at The Chapel Royal in North Street. At that time the family … 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 Life and Times of Charlotte Harriet Dinnis 1850 – 1935

Charlotte Harriet Dinnis was my great grand-aunt – older sister of George Dinnis, my great-grandfather. She was born in Brighton in 1850, and was baptised at The Chapel Royal, North Street. About three months before Charlotte Harriet’s birth there had been a … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Catherine Ann Dinnis 1837-1918

Catherine Ann Dinnis was the first child born to my great great grandfather, John Dinnis and his wife Charlotte (Robinson). She was born in Brighton, christened at St Nicholas Church and spent her first few years living in Middle Street, where her … Continue reading

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The Packet Inn (part two)

I previously wrote about The Packet Inn, and it’s close proximity to the Queen’s Head Inn, where my great, great Grandfather, John Dinnis was the Cook and Publican. You can read about it here https://jackiedinnis.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/the-packet-inn-part-one/ When I first read about … 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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John Henry Dinnis

I recently wrote a post about the young Dinnis children born to John and Charlotte during the mid 1800s.  The second child born was their first son – John Henry Dinnis, born in October 1843 and baptised at Brighton Chapel Royal … Continue reading

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