Category Archives: Occupations

Happy Birthday to Joseph Taylor Dinnis

29 November 1892 was the day my grandfather was born. Although I didn’t know him, I have learnt so much about him from my cousin, Sue that I feel he is no longer a stranger to me. I thought I … Continue reading

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Occupations – Cora was a Pawnbrokers Manageress

I’m very proud of the women in my family, they got out there and earned a living, supporting themselves. Grand-aunt Cora was no exception. Cora Annie Amelia Dinnis was the older sister of my grandfather, Joseph Taylor Dinnis. Born in … Continue reading

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Occupations – Great Grand-Aunt Fanny was a Milliner

In 1871 Fanny Dinnis was working as a Milliner, we ¬†know this from looking at the England Census of that year. She was 25 years old, living in Islington, London with her parents John and Charlotte Dinnis, brother George and … Continue reading

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Occupations – Granddad was a Fishmonger

Joseph Taylor Dinnis was a fishmonger, you can see him in the photograph above, the signs proudly displaying his name. He did the writing himself, and this was the only photo I had of my grandfather when I began my … Continue reading

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Occupations – My father worked in stockings

Gordon Charles Dinnis (1923-2001) began his working life in stockings. The term for all things to do with leg coverings was known as ‘hosiery’ and it was quite a big business in the North Laine in Brighton. In fact there … Continue reading

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