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VISIT TO BRIGHTON HISTORY CENTRE

21/10/2010

 

Whilst on holiday nearby, Ruth and I visited the Brighton History Centre looking to clarify when Henry Jacobs and family arrived and left Brighton, and any other information I could find

We already knew the following:

They were there in 1858 as daughter, Sarah, was born there.

They were there for the 1861 and 1871 censuses

They were still there for the birth of Elizabeth in 1872

They were back in London for the birth of son, Lewis, in 1873

Observations

The first appearance of a Jacobs is in 1858 when David Jacobs is listed in the Register of Electors

However he is missing from the next year’s entry

He reappears in the 1860 register albeit at 9 Queens Road, which may be an error because it is a bit coincidental that the house numbers are the same, and there is no entry for a Jacobs at North Street Quadrant.

In the trade directories the business at North Street Quadrant is listed under David’s name from 1859 to 1867

The address was given as No.9 from 1858 to 1861 inclusive, thereafter they were at No. 8

The entry for voting is David until 1863 when it changes to Henry, although the business entries only change from David to Henry in 1868.

Questions

Who is David Jacobs?

My best guess is that he is Henry’s elder brother but this needs some research because we already have him in London for much of this period although this doesn’t stop him owning the Brighton business and getting Henry to run it for him. As long as it is in his name it will be his name that appears on the voting registers.

Also, David dies in 1869 and it is only in the previous year that the business name has changed to Henry.

Need to get a copy of David’s will to see if he makes any mention of Henry in Brighton.

North Street Quadrant

I initially thought that Quadrant was an area in which North Street was located, however it is actually a block of buildings located at the top of North Street by the clock tower (it was an obelisk when the Jacobs were there).

The quadrant today is a mixture of styles and ages of building. I believe that Nos. 8 and 9 are occupied by White Stuff’. The Quadrant Hotel is still there at the end of the block.

The map below is based on an 1874 map and appears to show only 12 premises but I believe that the Quadrant Hotel which was 12 & 13 is simply shown as 1 building.

Newspapers

Ruth carried out a brief review of the newspapers of the time but no entries were found for the Jacobs. A more thorough search when time permits may find something.

Trade Directories

Register of Electors

1856 No Jacobs listed

No Jacobs listed

1857 No directory available

Jacobs, David – House – 9 North Street Quadrant

1858 No directory available

No Jacobs listed

1859 Jacobs, D Glass Warehouse

No Jacobs listed

8 North Street Quadrant

1860 No directory available

Jacobs, David – House – 9 Queens Road

1861 Jacobs, D Glass Warehouse

9 North Street Quadrant

No entry in trade section

1862 Jacobs, D Glass Warehouse

8 North Street Quadrant

Trade: China, Glass and Earthenware Dealers

1863 No directory available

Jacobs, Henry – House – 8 North Street Quadrant

1864 Jacobs, D Glass Warehouse

8 North Street Quadrant

Trade: China, Glass and Earthenware Dealers

1865 Jacobs, D Glass Warehouse

8 North Street Quadrant

Trade: China, Glass and Earthenware Dealers

(Phil Kirby found this entry)

1865 Jacobs, D China Warehouse

14 Trafalgar Street

(Phil Kirby found this entry)

1866 No directory available

1867 Jacobs, D Glass Warehouse

8 North Street Quadrant

Trade: China, Glass and Earthenware Dealers

1868 Jacobs, Henry China and Glass Warehouse

8 North Street Quadrant

Trade: China, Glass and Warehouses

1869 Jacobs, Henry China and Glass Warehouse

8 North Street Quadrant

Trade: China, Glass and Warehouses

1870 Jacobs, Henry China and Glass Warehouse

8 North Street Quadrant

Trade: China, Glass and Warehouses

1871 Jacobs, Henry China and Glass Warehouse

8 North Street Quadrant

Trade: China, Glass and Warehouses

1872 No. 8 not listed, assume vacant

1873 No directory available

1874 No directory available

1875 No directory available

1876 No directory available

1877No. 8 now occupied by undertaker

 

Plan showing North Street Quadrant in 1874

NorthStreetQuadrantBrighton

 

Some modern (21/10/2010) Photo of North Street Quadrant

 

NorthStreetQuadrantBrighton2

NorthStQuadrant2011

A combination photo taken by Alfred Furneau in December 1911. Note that Alfred has written the old property numbers at top.
Henry Jacobs and family were at No 9 from about January 1859 and then at No 8 from1867 to 1871

 

 

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