Tag Archives: Brighton

Tracking my family through Brighton in the 1930s

My father (Gordon Dinnis) was eight years old in 1931. He was living with his parents (Joseph and Annie Dinnis) and his brothers and sister in the basement of number four Charlotte Street, Brighton.  The family lived here from 1931 to at … Continue reading

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What’s on the Mantelpiece?

One of the things I don’t have in my house is a mantelpiece. It’s a comparatively new house, which was one of the things I loved about it when I moved in. But I do miss a fireplace and a … Continue reading

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In A Tin of Family Photographs I found this one …

I filed it on my computer under ‘random unknown’, which isn’t strictly true because on the back is written ‘Reg Chapman, Blaker Street’. When putting Reg in this box I just meant that I didn’t personally know who he was! … Continue reading

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The door today is the door on this little chapel at Woodvale in Brighton. It’s where there is a small memorial to my parents, Gordon and Enid Dinnis. It is among the rose bushes, and is in a really lovely … Continue reading

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A Church Door

              This is the door to St Nicholas Church, Brighton. It’s the church where my great-great grandparents (John Dinnis and Charlotte Sampson) were married in 1836 on the 28th of December. It is the … Continue reading

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A Very Big Door

Today’s door is probably the biggest door on our Advent Calendar this year. Situated on Brighton seafront it is one of the oldest hotels in the City. It is also the hotel my great great grandfather, John Dinnis worked in … Continue reading

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Who Is This Man?

Who Is This Man? This photograph was sent to me a few days ago by Mary, one of my newly found American cousins. Thanks Mary 🙂 It was sent with the message “My mom had this in the John Dinnis … 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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For Writing 101 Day Three we are asked to use a one word prompt to inspire a post. I chose the prompt ‘Home’. As I research and write my blog I am always fascinated to see where my family lived … Continue reading

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Challenge Yourself

  Blogging 101 Day Four Oh dear, I suppose it had to happen. The assignment that I couldn’t do. There are two parts to the task for today, the first is to publish a post you’d like your ideal audience … Continue reading

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