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Photo of Brighton seamen, 1864

The photograph below shows a ‘Group of Teetotal Seamen, Fishermen & Boatmen of Brighton & its Vicinity, Members of the Philanthropic Society’.

The inscription reads: ‘Presenting to Mr Nathaniel King, (Missionary engaged by the Society for Promoting Missions to Seamen at home & abroad) A Gold Pen and Pencil Case, Engraved on it as having been much benefited through his ministry during the last five years – 1864’.

The names are printed on the photo in order but, to make it easier to find a particular person, I list the names here in surname alphabetical order:

Edward Akehurst, Jacob Akehurst, Samuel Akehurst, John Allen,
Thomas Bassett, Henry Bray, Francis Bushby,
George Campbell, William Campbell, Robert Carden, Edward Collyer,
George Gillam, Richard Gillam, John Grinyer, Cornelius Gunn, George Gunn, John Gunn, Nathaniel Gunn, Thomas Gunn,
Parker Harman, William Humphrey,
Nathaniel King,
John Laycock, Thomas Laycock, Joseph Leach,
Davis Marchant, William Markwick, Richard Measor, Henry Miles, William Moor,
Charles Patching, William Pentecost, George Priest,
James Rolf, Joseph Rolf,
George Shrivell, Thomas Shrivell,
James Taylor, John Taylor, William Taylor,
Joseph Webb, Henry Wells, Robert Whiley.

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From the private collection of Josie Campbell

Comments about this page

  • Josie, Is there any chance you could e-mail me a copy of this picture as William Pentecost is my great-great-grandad. I have added his fishing boat on to this site but would appreciate it if you could let me have a copy of your picture.

    By Nicky Pentecost (21/12/2006)
  • Nicky, would love to email a copy to you but haven’t your email address.

    By Josie Campbell (31/12/2006)
  • Josie, really sorry e-mail address is

    By Nicky Pentecost (07/01/2007)
  • My great grandfather was James Benjamin Rolfe. The Rolfe family were fishermen for over 200 years and worked alongside the Gunns. It is lovely to see a photo of James and his brother Joseph although I can not really see James as he is looking away from the camera. Still nice to know the photo exists

    By Marian Mansfield (04/04/2007)
  • Josie, would it be possible to email me a copy of this photo also? George Gillam is my great-great-grandfather. My father is a Gillam, the son of Harry George Gillam who was killed in 1940 with the RNPS. His mother remarried Arthur Solomon Watts and they changed his name prior to his immigration to the States in 1950. If you or anyone else has any information on Harry George Gillam I am searching for a picture.
    Thanks, John Watts, Attorney at Law, Savannah, Georgia USA

    By John Watts (04/05/2007)
  • I just came across your photo of fishermen in Brighton while researching my family history. Richard Measor is my great great grandfather and I have never seen a photo of him before. Would it be possible to email me a copy of this photo? Many thanks.

    By Jon Measor (09/05/2007)
  • Dear Josie, a great photo. I’m also in the pursuit of my family history. I live in Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. My grandfather was John Frederick Laycock from Brighton. He emigrated to Perth (Western Australia) and then Kalgoorlie in the early 1900s. If you have a chance, I would be grateful for a copy of the picture as an attachment. I can only seem to print the left half from what I can save. Regards, Lee

    By Lee Laycock (29/05/2007)
  • Jon & Lee, I need your email address to send you the photo. Josie

    By Josie Campbell (02/06/2007)
  • Hi Josie, I just stumbled across your photo and am particularly interested in the Akehursts. I notice that they are highlighted and wondered if there was any significance to that. Also, Samuel appears to be making the presentation. Would you have any info on the Akehursts in the photo? Many thanks.

    By Raine (03/09/2007)
  • I have a William Pentecost who was a fisherman in Brighton – I wonder if it’s the same one as Nicky? Perhaps she would like to get in touch and we can compare info?

    By Anita (08/09/2007)
  • Hello Josie, Fantastic picture of the fisherman, I too would love to know how to get a copy of this picture as I am related to the Gunns. Look forward to hearing from you – my email address is

    By Ruth Hardinge (17/09/2007)
  • Sorry Raine I don’t have any info on the Akehursts, I’m doing the Campbells. I think the only reason some of the folk have their names printed on the photo is to make it easier to count along to the person you want, if I remember rightly the copy they have in the fishing museum is the same.

    By Josie Campbell (18/09/2007)
  • Thanks for that Josie. Most of my family came from Brighton so if I come across any Campbells I’ll come back to you. Thanks again.

    By Raine (26/09/2007)
  • Hi Josie, like many anothers (sorry), please could I ask you to forward a copy of the 1864 Fishing Seamen picture? My children are related to the Gunns and Rolfs and I have just started to do their family tree. This would be such a perfect present to give to my husband. Many thanks(

    By Wendy Slaughter (27/10/2007)
  • Hi Josie. What a fantastic photo of the fishermen – including my great great grandfather – Francis Bushby. I would be grateful for a copy as I don’t have a photo of Francis. My email address is:  Thanks.

    By Judith (10/11/2007)
  • Hi Josie, Thomas Shrivell in your photo was a fish salesman, and is related to my family. I would very much like to have a copy of the photo to see what he looked like. Best regards and thanks.

    By Trev Boreham (17/11/2007)
  • Marion Mansfield – is your James Rolf the same who had a daughter named Elizabeth and lived at 3 Dorset St, Brighton in 1899 ?

    By Wendy Slaughter (26/11/2007)
  • My great great grandmother, Sarah Shrivell, was a fisherwoman. What did their jobs entail?

    By Alan Fry (05/12/2007)
  • My father was George Allen a fisherman from Brighton who died in 1978. His father was Benjamin Allen also a fisherman who died around November 1955 I think. I think his father was also fisherman Benjamin Allen. I used to go to the Brighton fish market with my father when it was situated on the lower promenade. I can remember the boats being winched up the beach on railway sleepers. My grandfather Ben (Benjamin) had a fishing station named after him called ‘Ben’s Lights’ on the beach near the bottom of Bedford Street, Brighton. I am related to the Gillams and Leaches. Peter Leach my cousin now has a thriving fishing business. I think Ben Allen sent two fishing boats to Dunkirk for the evacuation, I think one was called ‘Our Boys’. My fishing connections have now gone.

    By Jean Ann Allen (08/12/2007)
  • Hi, I am related to the Gillams. If you could send me a photo and anymore if you have them, I would be very grateful. I am researching my family history. Thank you.

    By Lisa Morrison (24/01/2008)
  • Lisa Morrison, please contact me at or I would be interested to discuss any success that you are having researching the Gillam family.
    Thanks, John Watts, Attorney at Law, Savannah, Georgia, USA

    By John Watts (26/01/2008)
  • Hi Jean Allen, my father’s family are Leach from Brighton and have a long line of brothers and uncles – do you have more names we could put together?

    By Christina Leach (16/02/2008)
  • My great-great grandfather was James TAYLOR, a fisherman born around 1842. He was married to Mary Ann HULL and they had 2 children James and Lydia. An 1861 Census shows a James TAYLOR (aged 19) with his 2 brothers John and William (aged 13 and 12 respectively) living in Pimms Gardens, Brighton. I am trying to confirm that this is my ancestor and am also interested in whether these brothers are those TAYLORs in the photograph.

    By Julie Joyce (nee Taylor) (02/03/2008)
  • Does anyony know about my family in Brighton? The name of their boat was Our Lassie SM 564. Please contact – thank you.

    By Peter Humphrey (12/03/2008)
  • This is a message for Anita with regards to William Pentecost: please email me on so we can see if it is the same person. Thanks.

    By Nicky (18/03/2008)
  • I am researching details of my great grandfather Richard (Scotty) Gunn who was a fisherman, member of the Brighton Lifeboat crew and was a renown Sussex prizefighter. He was born in 1862 & died c1930. He was a well known Brighton character. He had two brothers George & Thomas, and a sister Catherine.

    By Richard K. Gunn (07/04/2008)
  • I am researching the Rolf(e) family for a friend who is related to them. Please can you email me a copy of this picture?

    By Abby Barras (18/09/2008)
  • Message for Jean Ann Allen. Hi Jean, you may remember me from when your father used to take you to the beach. I wonder if you have any photos of your father, or uncle (Tracy) in the boats or their fishing gear. I have some information on the history and boats your grandfather and great grandfather owned etc.

    By Alan Hayes (28/09/2008)
  • Message for Richard K Gunn. I believe your great grandfather worked for Fred Collins in the Brighton pleasure tripping boats -“Skylarks”. There are one or two photographs of him about.

    By Alan Hayes (05/10/2008)
  • Hi Josie, is it possible if I could have a copy of the picture please? I am researching my family history and believe the Rolfe family are my great-great-great grandparents. I think James and Joseph Rolfe are their children. Is it possible if anyone has any information on the Brighton Rolfe family to contact me please?
    Many thanks.

    By Sarah Dove (13/11/2008)
  • My great-grandfather was George Gunn, fisherman and so I would very much like to have a copy of the picture too please. Thanks.

    By Sue (22/01/2009)
  • I was very intersted in your website which I stumbled on when trying to find some information about the Brighton Skylark. My Great Grandfather – George Martin [born 1862] was my grandmother’s father and was a fisherman. According to my Grandfather [who died in 1968] the Martin family was involved with the Skylark . Am having problems finding any information about the Martin’s before George, can anyone help?

    By Anita Barton (26/01/2009)
  • See my previous message – I meant to add that George Martin married a Susannah Jane Taylor, was she a daughter of the “Taylors” fishermen mentioned in the above picture? It may help with extending the Martin family tree,

    By Anita Barton (26/01/2009)
  • I think I am related to the Akehursts in your photo, can you email me a copy please?

    By Phil Drake (05/02/2009)
  • Hi Josie, I would love to have a copy of the photograph of the fishermen. I have many Marchants, and a few Gunns and Gillams in my family tree. I am hoping to find a definite connection between the fishermen and my ancestors.
    My email address is

    By Angela Emmerton (01/03/2009)
  • Thomas Gunn is my 4th great grandfather. Would love a copy of this photo if at all possible.

    By David Rambridge (10/04/2009)
  • Can I join the long list of people requesting a copy of this great photo. Joseph Rolf is my great-great-grandfather and it would be lovely to have an image of him. If you are able, please e-mail me a copy to

    By David Rolf (14/04/2009)
  • I would also like a copy of the above picture as William Humphrey may be part of my family tree. Also can anyone shed any light on a vessel “Dule of York” which sailed from Brighton to Plymouth St John in 1881 with Noble Humphrey along with 5 other members of her crew.
    e-mail address:

    By P. Best (16/04/2009)
  • Where are the Hazelgroves? No photo of Brighton fishermen and seamen would be complete without a few of us, and Rolfes with an e. Maybe they weren’t teetotal or philanthropic!

    By Richard Hazelgrove (26/04/2009)
  • Hi Josie, I am also researching my family tree – Laycock from Brighton, I would love a copy of this photo. I am also intrigued by comments from Lee Laycock in Australia, think we could have the same great great grandfather! If you see this I would love to hear from you

    By Tina Mitchell (21/05/2009)
  • Miracles. Several in the Fishing and Fisherman picture are in my 96-year-old father’s ancestry. How can I acquire a larger copy of this fabulous photograph? I will pay for mailing or whatever. My email address is

    By Patricia Freeman (02/06/2009)
  • Hi Josie, I too would really appreciate a copy of this photo as I have Humphrey, Laycock and Gunns in my tree. What an extraordinary survival! Best wishes. (

    By Colin Hunt (05/08/2009)
  • Hi Josie. Is there any chance that I can have a copy of this photo. I am related to the Gillams from Brighton. Many thanks.

    By L Harris (11/08/2009)
  • Hi Josie, Could I also request a copy of the photograph? I am descended from John Taylor, a fisherman b.1814 son of George Taylor and Babara Jeffery – also fishing families. My email address is

    By Maureen Mawson (14/11/2009)
  • I haven’t looked on this page for ages and don’t know how far I got with sending copies to those who requested them. So if I have missed you please request again. Anyone wanting a copy needs to include their email address

    By Josie Campbell (12/01/2010)
  • Please could you send me a copy of this photo, as so many of the surnames mentioned above are in my family tree, my email address is

    By Diana Bell (18/01/2010)
  • Hi, I would like a copy of the photo please if you can still send one. I am descended from the Humphreys and the Laycocks. Thank you Evelyn

    By Evelyn (26/01/2010)
  • I would love a copy of the photo as I am researching my mother’s family (Bushby) who came from the south of England. Many thanks my email address is:

    By Linda Citrone (16/02/2010)
  • Hi Josie I am originally from Brighton & now in Perth Western Australia. At the end of a long list of requests – I hope that you will be able to also send me a copy of the photograph. William Gillam 1796-1880 & Eleanor Goddard 1797-1865 were my gg-grandfather & mother. I have no photographs of the Gillam family & would really appreciate having this one. Please email me to discuss postage costs.

    By Peter Gregory (17/03/2010)
  • Hi Josie…fantastic photo – could I please also have a copy? I am related to the Taylors and Gillhams.. my father is nearly 90 and is loving the info I am discovering about his family…many thanks

    By karen norman (23/03/2010)
  • I am researching my husband’s family - he was born in Brighton in 1938, his name is John Tree and he spent his childhood in Queen’s Park Road and Windmill St. Attended St Lukes school and Brighton County Technical college for building and engineering. He worked for a short time at Allen and West before joining the Fleet Air Arm. We would love to receive a copy of the fishermen of Brighton as we have just discovered that Richard Gillam is his 4 x great grandfather, whose daughter Abigail married John Howell Tree in 1846. Many thanks, look forward to having the photograph. Would love to make contact with any other people reseaching the TREE FAMILY

    By Pearl Tree (26/03/2010)
  • Hi Josie you have such a lot of Brighton families in this pic. It looks fascinating, can you please oblige with a large copy?

    By Richard Windsor (05/04/2010)
  • I’ve sent up to here to those with email addresses!
    [Editor: Thanks Josie. Everyone loves this photo!]

    By Josie Campbell (07/04/2010)
  • Hello Josie, I’ve already left I message but I forgot to leave you my e-mail address! I would be very grateful if you could send me a copy too,

    Kind Regards Pearl Tree

    By Pearl Tree (13/04/2010)
  • Hi Josie I would love to have a copy of your photo. My maternal family connection is to the Gillams (and Collins-Gillam) as well as the Gunn family. My email address is Thanks so much, greatly appreciated. Kind regards Joan.

    By Joan Booysen (28/04/2010)
  • Hello, can I please request a copy of this photograph? I believe I am related to a couple if not all the Gunns in the photograph. Thank you a thousand times over Josie and Sarah. I have also emailed Wendy in case we are connected

    By Sarah Slaughter (26/05/2010)
  • Like many people, I’m a Gunny through and through. My dad’s name is John James Gunn born in 1949 – he is just one of nine. He has a sister called Lil but I don’t know all of their names as I’m only 32 myself and have not met them all. But I know my dad lost two brothers in a accident on Brighton beach involving a boat and I know he lost a brother last year and he lived in Moulscoomb. If anyone has any info please email me at and please please please can I have a copy of the photo as I think my dad’s dad is in it.

    By Colin Gunn (01/06/2010)
  • Hi Josie, is there any chance you could e-mail a copy of this picture as Robert Whiley is my, whose daughter Louisa married George Gunn in 1849?  My e-mail address is Many thanks.

    By Elizabeth Busby (06/06/2010)
  • Hi Josie. I would also love a copy of this picture as I am researching my family tree, and John Gunn married to Annie Gunn (nee Kennett) was my great great grandfather.

    By Steve McGuinness (24/06/2010)
  • Sorry. E Mail is

    By Steve McGuinness (25/06/2010)
  • This is just a reminder to me that I have sent the photo up to this date!

    By Josie Campbell (27/06/2010)
  • Hi Josie, I am doing some research for a friend whose 3xgrandfather was Richard Liffen Campbell. I would love to give him a copy of the photo of the fishermen. Do you think you could e.mail me a copy also do you have any further info on the Campbells? I have up to James Campbell and Elizabeth Valentine. Do you go further back I wonder? Thanks

    By Sandra Frankle (17/07/2010)
  • Hi Josie, my maiden name is Markwick and I believe William Markwick is possibly my G/Grandfather. My uncle Tommy Markwick was a fisherman and his boat boards are hanging in the fishermans museum. I always used to visit the arch as a child when Tommy and Ivy (his wife) ran it as a social club. Could you e-mail me a copy please to

    By Glenda Booth (21/08/2010)
  • I hope that maybe you would send this picture asap as it is my father’s 80th birthday at the end of November 2010 and I think one of the Gunns in this picture is his Grandfather. Others are his Uncles. My Grandfather owned the fishmongers ‘Fred Gunn’ in St James Street Brighton – who married into the Rolf family – Dan and Ceril Rolf were in the shop with him. They were my Grandmother’s brothers. Many thanks.

    By Deborah Bray (nee Gunn) (30/10/2010)
  • Hi Deborah. Re Gunn’s fish shop. I used to help Ceril with his boat when he belonged to ‘Sir Robert Peel’ angling club around 1960 and delivered the fish to the shop from the fish market. I collect photos and the history of the Brighton fishing, and wonder if you have any photos that I could copy of the shop in its hey day, or the boats Daniel Rolf owned etc. Regards Alan Hayes. e-mail

    By Alan Hayes (21/11/2010)
  • Reminding me I have sent photos up to here for those with email addresses.

    By Josie Campbell (04/12/2010)
  • A message for Deborah Bray. I have only just checked on this page. I haven’t been able to send you a copy of the photo as you didn’t leave your email address. Hopefully you will read this before Christmas then you can give it to your father at Christmas.

    By Josie Campbell (06/12/2010)
  • Hi Josie As you can see, I am a Gillam – one of Ted Gillam’s sons. Is there any chance that you could email a copy of the photograph to me. I’m sure that my mum would love to see a printed copy of it. Many thanks.

    By James Gillam (16/12/2010)
  • Hi Josie, I assumed that you would get my email address from the website. In case you can’t: Regards

    [Email addresses are requested when a contributor makes a posting, but they are not accessible to the public. Comments Ed]

    By James Gillam (23/12/2010)
  • Hi Josie I asked for a copy of the fishermen photo last year but am another one who failed to leave email address. I am a descendant of the Gunns, Humphreys and Laycocks. If I can still get one I would love a copy.

    By Evelyn (26/01/2011)
  • Hi Josie, I also would love a copy of your photograph. My connection is with the families of Humphrey/Gunn/Marchant – thank you so much. Email address is: Regards

    By Dawn Christie (nee Humphrey) (17/02/2011)
  • Reminding myself I have done up to here.

    By Josie Campbell (21/02/2011)
  • Hi, Josie. Love the photo of the Brighton fishermen. William Humphrey is my great grandfather. He was also a member of the Brighton lifeboat crew. Could you please send a copy? Anyone can contact me at this e-mail. [Richard, for reasons of confidentiality, your e-mail details are not available to the public. If you are willing for them to be so, you will need to add them to a posting. Thank you, Comments Editor]

    By Richard Humphrey (19/03/2011)
  • How marvellous to see all these names apear in one place. I too have the names of Allen, Gunn in my family tree and have a colleague related to the Rolfs (without the e). Are the Rolfes part of the same family? Please be so kind as to send a copy of the excellent photo to

    By David Collings (22/03/2011)
  • Message for Richard Humphrey. My wife’s grandfather was also William Humphrey who lived in Bread St, Carlton Hill area, and Camelford St. and owned many fishing boats troughout his life,with names such as Smiling Morn, Paragon, Helping Hand and Estella. He died around 1960. I wonder if you have any photos or info of boats/fishermen etc in your family. Regards Alan Hayes.(

    By Alan Hayes (31/03/2011)
  • Hello Alan. You kindly sent me photos of SM4 “Pals” and the “Rustler” when she was washed up in 1951, some 3/4 years ago. I’ve used these photos in a personal account of my boyhood in Brighton. I wondered if you could remember any personal details of Mr. Wilson, the skipper of the SM4? I know that he had an accident at the end of the 50s, was a part-time constable and lived at Canon Place. Could you possibly write some comments about your own recollections of him – I remember that you told me that you used to sail with him? My parents used to be quite friendly with Mr. Wilson and would chat with him between trips out.

    By Stuart Leggett (06/04/2011)
  • Hi Stuart I have sent you some info to your email.

    By Alan Hayes (08/05/2011)
  • Hi Josie, I must be one of the only one’s left that hasn’t requested a copy, so if you could please send one to me I would be very grateful. I am still out there searching for fishing related photos and stories etc., so if anyone can help my email is Many thanks.

    By Eric Pentecost (04/08/2011)
  • Hi Josie. Joining the long list of people wanting a copy of the fishermen photo. My email is Many thanks.

    By Joe Betts (20/08/2011)
  • Hi Josie, just trying to put together the family tree. I have George, John, Thomas, Nathaniel Gunn in my tree. Please may l have a copy of this photo. Thank you

    By Carol Caddick (26/08/2011)
  • Hi Josie, my family tree is on the Markwick’s side – my granparents were Tom and Ivy Markwick – I spent many happy childhood times in their socal club and on the beach with the fishermen – would love a copy of this photo. Also welcome contact from any long lost relatives. Many thanks.

    By Sue Lawton (28/09/2011)
  • Hello Josie. I have seen the photo of the Brighton Fishermen hanging on the wall many times at their club under the arches. My mother was a Gillam, and our family history goes several centuries before that photo was taken. Could you please send me a copy of the photo. Many thanks!

    By Mike Mills (11/10/2011)
  • Hi Josie, I am descended from the William Humphrey in the photograph. Could you please email to me a copy. Thanks Richard Humphrey.

    By Richard Humphrey (31/10/2011)
  • I wonder if I am related? I just found this page. I was born in Brighton in the 1950s.

    By Lee Rolf (22/12/2011)
  • Hi Josie, This photograph appears to be so popular. I sent a message to you in 2010 and thank you for your return email with photo attachment. I went to the Fisherman’s Museum on the seafront in Brighton where there is an original photograph but there was nobody in attendance for me to enquire as to where and how I can obtain an original. I am only too happy to pay for the costs associated with obtaining an original and will be in Brighton in September 2012. Please advise.

    By Peter Gregory (11/02/2012)
  • Sorry for the delay, have not visited this site for ages. Reminding myself have sent up to here to all who have included their email.

    By Josie Campbell (21/02/2012)
  • Hi Josie, hope you don’t mind me asking would it be possible to email me this picture as I am researching my family tree and found that I am related to the Gunns named in this picture and it would be great to see what they looked like. My email is

    By Shirley Breslin (22/02/2012)
  • Hi Josie, Not only is this photo so popular, you are too! I’m sure you know what is coming next! …… As with so many others, I have descended from, and have connections to, several of these fishermen. My elderly mother and I also visited the Fishing Museum in Brighton only to find it unattended (as did Peter above). If it is not too much trouble, the next time you are making copies, please can you add me to your list? My e-mail is I am also more than happy to pay costs. With thanks, Sue

    By Suzie S (23/02/2012)
  • Hi Josie, I have no Brighton ancestors, but I am very interested in the history of fishermen’s ganseys, and I would love to have a copy of this photo, which seems to show quite a number. Gansey knitting traditions are most celebrated on the east coast of England, Cornwall and Scotland, but I would really like to see what was going on along the south coast. If anyone else has a picture of an ancestor wearing a gansey I would be delighted and grateful to see it. Many thanks, Malcolm Smith.

    By Malcolm Smith (28/02/2012)
  • Hi Josie. I am related to James and Joseph Rolf. Could you please email me this photo? Would also be happy to hear from any other Rolfs or possible relations as I’m currently putting a family tree together. Any input or connections would be great. Thank you.

    By Kelly Humphriess (nee Rolf) (05/04/2012)
  • Hi Josie, my husband is Raymond Leach, his father was Joseph Leach and his Grandfather was John Leach who lived in Baker Street Brighton. The early Leachs were known as a fishing family so it may be possible that the person in the photo could well be related to us. If it is at all possible could you please send a copy of the photo to my email address .Thanking you.

    By Linda Leach (15/04/2012)
  • Hi Josie, Parker Harman was my great great grandfather who is in the photograph of teetotal fishermen. Like everyone else who has emailed, I would love a copy if you could possibly email it to me. Will be happy to send a donation for the museum as payment. I did see the photo a few years ago when I visited the museum but the website was not up and running then. Thankyou. Anne Stephney (

    By Anne Stephney (19/04/2012)
  • This photo has proved to be very popular. A number of years ago a fellow family history researcher sent me the photo, and they agreed I could put it on this website. Sadly I lost their email address not long after so haven’t been able to let them know about the great response. But if you are the person who sent it to me, ever come on this page then a very big THANK YOU from me.

    By Josie Campbell (21/05/2012)
  • Hi Josie. Back in 2006 when you first put this photo on this website, you could click on it to enlarge, it was easy at that time to get your own copy of it, which I did. It seems the enlargement tool has been taken away for sometime now.

    Editor’s note: We can’t allow people to download the large version from the website because we don’t have the copyright holder’s permission.

    By Maralyn Eden (22/05/2012)
  • Hi Josie, I have been doing my partners family tree and he is related to the Gunn’s in the picture too. My great -nephew is also related to the Gunn family too. Would be grateful if you send me a copy of the picture. Thanks. e.mail is

    By Carole Jones (15/07/2012)
  • Hi, I am married to David Howell, his father and grandfather were from a Brighton fishing family. Jimmy Howell junior was a fisherman then became Chief Fishery Officer. I wondered if anybody had any old photographs of the boats Jimmy had or any of him on the patrol boat.

    By Janet Howell (16/08/2012)
  • Hi Josie. Please mail me a copy of that photo. I am a descendant from the Gillams and Alllens, and would like to do more research on the subject. My email address is Many thanks!

    By Mike Mills (17/09/2012)
  • Hi Josie, I would really appreciate a copy of this photo, have been researching my family tree and are related to the Gillams and Shrivells from Brighton. Many thanks, my email address is

    By Sharon Smales (25/10/2012)
  • I’m glad to see this site is here- my first time here looking at the past. I was married to Alan Hayes. Daddy Rolfe had a wet fish shop in Market Street where I lived at a young age. Victor Gunn was an antique dealer. Peter Leach is still going at the fishmarket by the Lagoon where I get my smoked haddock and kippers. Sometimes I see Johnny Gillam but rarely. I would love to hear from anyone that knows me or not.

    By Dawn Bradley (05/11/2012)
  • Hi Josie, I would love a copy of the photo. Over the last few years, I have been doing some research on the Rolf family, living in Brighton. Kind Regards 

    By Lee Rolf (08/11/2012)
  • Be great to get a copy Rosie, my 4th gg is Thomas Gunn.

    By David Rambridge (21/11/2012)
  • My Grandfather Harry Russell married Alice Mary Andrew in 1915. The Andrew family were also a long established Brighton fishing family. Their son,also named Harry, (my father) worked for Major Hill on the Montgomery and Alexander in the late 1940’s, pleasure tripping through the summer and night fishing in the winter. These two boats were the biggest operating pleasure trips from the beach and were moored at Shoreham Harbour. My father, a skilled mechanic by trade, was also from time to time over the years called upon to repair/service the engines on many of the other boats at Brighton.

    By Roger Russell (22/11/2012)
  • There was a Gunn’s fresh fish shop opposite Woolworths in St James Street, around the late 30s and 40s, and I went to a school (Montpelier College in Montpelier Crescent) because a son of the owner of the shop, either was going there or had been there. Does anyone know who this son was?

    By Ken Ross (23/11/2012)
  • I wonder if anyone has a photo of Harry George Gillam who was killed in the last war in 1941? He was in the mine sweepers escort based in Lowestoft qqrd3.

    By David Gillam (20/12/2012)
  • Hi Josie, What a great photo, could we have a copy please? I have been researching my ancestors lately, my Grandmother was a Gunn and always told us we were descended from the Brighton Gunns, although our line decamped to London. My cousin, who is a Gunn, is just celebrating his 80th birthday and a copy of your photo would be really exciting for him. It seems that we are directly descended from Gunns in Brighton down 2 lines (fishermen, dippers and bathers included!).

    By Liz Flatt (02/01/2013)
  • Hi Josie, I think William Humphrey may have been my great grandfather. I am currently working on my family tree and the date, name and occupation fit. Could you please let me have a better quality scan as I can’t determine which he is to see if it ties up with other photos I have of him. Thanks

    By Wendy Blann (03/02/2013)
  • Hello, I wonder if you could help me please. I’m trying to find out about my great great grandfather William Richard Allen. All I know is that he was born in Brighton in about 1847 and married a Jane Streeter. He was a fisherman and his daughter Elizabeth married Charles Allum in Brighton in 1900. Thank you

    By Albert Buckley (06/03/2013)
  • Hi Josie. My name is Shirley and I am William Gunn’s granddaughter. My great grandfather, Nathaniel Gunn, is in this picture. Please could I have a picture of the fishermen. I am currently doing a family tree on the Gunns and would really appreciate it. Thank you.

    By Shirley Waller (formely Gunn) (17/04/2013)
  • My great great grandmother was Ada Elizabeth Gillam, she married a Dennis Pentecost. Does anyone have any information about these people? Thanks

    By Toyah Woolmer (20/04/2013)
  • Hi anyone. I’m from the Thwaites fishing family and would love a copy of the photo. I have the Gunn family in my list of ancestors which my sister has researched, although seven generations away in the mid-to late 18th C, so only related as distant cousins to the Gunns in the photo. It would be very interesting though. Our Dad Tom Thwaites passed away aged 99 on 27th April. The funeral is 10th May at St Margaret’s, Rottingdean. If anyone wants the Gunn bit of our family tree please get in touch

    By Clare Davison (06/05/2013)
  • Does anyone know where my father’s boat is? The name and number is Our Lassie sm 564. It used to stand on Paston Place beach next to Jimmy Howell’s boat. Please contact  Thank you.

    By Peter Humphrey (17/05/2013)
  • Hi Josie, I am hoping that you would be kind enough to email me a copy of the photo to I have been researching my family tree and have found that I am a descendent of the Rolf family. Many thanks. Nathan.

    By Nathan Smith (10/06/2013)
  • My Nan and Grandad owned Rolf’s Fish an Chip shop in New England Road Brighton. Nan (Lil) sadly passed away in 2011 but she would tell stories of old about most of the surnames mentioned. If you go down to the fishing museum under the arches in Brighton you will see all the names.

    By Jon Cater (23/06/2013)
  • Have sent photos for those who have left email addresses up to here.

    By Josie Campbell (14/08/2013)
  • Samuel Akehurst was my great great grandad.

    By Sheryl Mcnaught (31/08/2013)
  • Hi Josie. Left a message earlier requesting a copy of your fab photo and forgot to leave email address.  Many thanks, Hazel.

    By Hazel Handford (02/11/2013)
  • I just came across this website seeing if I could find more information about my family. I could definitely help quite a few of you. My great-grandad is a Gilliam and was on the fishing boats all his life – working alongside his father and he continued on until he passed away in the early 80s. We are very connected to our roots / family history and have quite a few photos of the Gillam family including on the boats etc. I hope I can help?

    By Vanessa (03/11/2013)
  • Hi Vanessa.  I am new to researching my family tree and believe I am closely connected to the Gillam family. I would love to e-mail you to find out more. My e-mail is I hope you will get in touch. Regards Hazel.

    By Hazel Handford (03/11/2013)
  • Josie I am the G, G, G grand daughter of Nathaniel Gunn/ William Humphery families  and would love a copy of the fisherman photo. I live in NZ and am doing the trees of both sides of my family all fishermen in the Brighton, Shoreham, Newhaven, areas. My email is Thank you. Jenny Rogers.

    By Jenny Rogers (04/11/2013)
  • Hi my late husband’s Mum was Minnie Rolf who were a fishing family so would love to be sent a copy of this pic please for my kiddies.

    Many thanks.

    By Amanda Yeates (05/11/2013)
  • Hi Vanessa I have just read your email to this site. Am I right in thinking your great grandad’s name was “Alf”? I would be really be interested in some of the things you have on him as I collect photos and the history of Brighton fishing. I also worked with him “pleasure tripping”around 1965-7 and have a few photos and things relating to him you may be interested in. My e-mail is regards Alan Hayes.

    By Alan Hayes (07/11/2013)
  • Hi Alan, Thank you for connecting with me! I have this feeling I may have heard your name before? It’s great that you connected me straight away with my Great Grandad’s name.. Yes, his name is Alf and I am also close to Alf’s nephews – great photos we have! 🙂 That is fantastic to hear you met him / worked with him. Would love to hear all the stories and if you have photos of during that time period. I will email you directly and looking forward to it. Thank you!

    By Vanessa (08/11/2013)
  • Josie, would you kindly send me a copy of the photograph of the Philanthropic Society Fishermen. My great grandfather William Poplett had three sisters whose husbands are all in this photograph, Jacob Akehurst, Edward Akehurst and William Markwick. Thank you

    By Ken Smith (01/03/2014)
  • Hi Josie I see you said you have sent the pic but I did not get mine. Any chance you can re-send it to me please?

    By Amanda Yeates (18/03/2014)
  • Hi Josie, would you mind emailing me a copy of your photo as my great, great Grandfather is James Rolfe and I am a Markwick. Many thanks (

    By Leslea (06/08/2014)
  • Hi Josie, if you are still emailing copies of the photo – could you send me a copy please? It would be great to have a close up look at the mens faces. I have connections with the Gunns And Markwicks. Thank you!

    By Kerry (11/08/2014)
  • Hello Josie, is there any chance to get a copy of the photo? “Big” Bill (William) Taylor was my great-grandfather. My mum told me about an article in the Brighton Evening Argus about Big Bill rowing to France, do you have any information about this?  Many thanks Peter (

    By Peter Willett (17/08/2014)
  • Hi Josie. I contacted you a few years ago when my name was Allkins, I have since remarried. My great grandmother was Sophia Campbell. Would you like a photo of Sophia?

    By Carol Brooke (03/12/2014)
  • Hi Josie, could you please email me a copy of this photo. My wife is a Grinyer. Thanks! Alan (

    By Alan Thill (11/12/2014)
  • My mother’s maiden name was Harman ; her father was John Harman known as Shimmer, and his wife was Elizabeth. He had several boats; Elisabeth  Perseverance and the Lorain. The Lorain when to Dunkirk but broke down on the way.    

    By Tony Allen (25/12/2014)
  • I am related by marriage to the Laycocks and Humphreys. Could you please email a picture of the 1864 Fishermen. Thank you. My email address is

    By Anita Laycock (22/01/2015)
  • Hi Josie, I have just stumbled upon this sight. I saw this picture in the Fishermen’s museum, and my great great grandfather is in the picture: Thomas Basset. Would you be kind enough to send me a copy please. It is such a good one! Thank you.

    By Gary Hicks (21/03/2015)
  • Hi all, I have just found this page whilst looking for some history of my Marchant family from Brighton. I have been researching my family tree on and off for a few years now. I am of the understanding that we originated in France although I still have not got a connection to my French ancestry yet. I know that we were a big fishermen family. I also have connections to many of the surnames that I am seeing in these comments. I definitely have connections to Gunn, Gillam, Grinyer, Humphrey, Thwaites and possibly others. If you are interested in swapping info, please get in touch. My email is: Please write Marchant Family Tree as subject. Thanks

    By Jarrod Marchant (20/06/2015)
  • I am descended from the Gunns, Humphreys, Laycocks, Washingtons and Taylors amongst others. Josie I would love a copy of this picture and I would love to hear from anyone connected to my ancestors. Please email

    By Kate Linscott (30/06/2015)
  • Hi Josie, please could you email me a copy of this picture?  Many thanks

    By Dulcie (16/07/2015)
  • Hi, really interested in the fishing in Brighton.  We visited the fishing museum yesterday as my husband believes he had a grandfather who was a fisherman and so was hoping to find anything that could’ve brought his name up.

    By Liesa Saunders (18/07/2015)
  • Hi Josie.  My family originate from Brighton and I am probably related to the Akehursts shown in your photo. I will be most grateful for a copy. Thank you  (

    By Richard Akehurst (19/07/2015)
  • It was interesting that the message from Jarrod Marchant had ‘scaffolding’ in the e-mail address. One of our long-standing contributors Roy Grant did some work on this years ago, many local fishermen doubled up working for scaffold firms as their expertise with ropes, knots and spars made them especially useful in that trade. In North America construction industries have employed Native Americans who seemingly have an innate ability and agility to work on sky-scraper construction.

    By Geoffrey Mead (23/07/2015)
  • Hi Geoffrey,

    While researching my family’s history, I was lucky enough to have been introduced to a lovely old man who came from a very long line of fishermen; his family had been fishing in Brighton for over 300 years and before that, in Hastings.  He was a real character and from our original meeting, we met up several times when I listened to wonderful stories of Brighton’s fishing folk.  After the War (serving in the Royal Navy) he was employed at The Theatre Royal working on stage sets, scenery and back drops which, he explained, involved “loads and loads of ropes” thus putting his expertise of knots etc. to very good use.  Several of his work mates also had fishing backgrounds.  He worked there for 47 and a half years, he proudly informed me.  During his time at the theatre, as a side-line, fish was sold to order to many a well known actor appearing on stage there.  Sadly he is no longer with us.  I was privileged to have known him. 

    By Suzie S (24/07/2015)
  • Hi Josie. Guess what! Please could you email me a copy of this photo as I am related to Gunns, Harmans, Gillams, Humphreys and others. My email is  (This request goes to any of you lucky ones to have received a  copy already). We’re probably all related anyway. Thanks.

    By Sue (30/09/2015)
  • Hi, would it be possible to have a copy of this photo please? ( Like the others I have been researching my family tree. I am related the Laycocks which I know were fisherman. The John Leycock I’m related to was a mariner, I believe and his father Thomas was a fisherman in Brighton. Would be great to know if these are my relations. 

    By Dan (22/12/2015)
  • Susie: I read your comment about the fisherman you met in Brighton, please can you remember his name? My father was a fisherman in Brighton and worked at the Theatre Royal. Please contact me at Thank you. 

    By Peter Humphrey (28/01/2016)
  • Is it possible to get a copy of this photo please? I am a direct descendant of the Akehursts of Brighton.
    Many thanks
    Chris (Australia)

    By Christine Akehurst (08/05/2016)
  • Hi, I still haven’t been sent a copy of the photo. Please can you get in touch. I am listed further up in 2015.

    By Kate Linscott (15/05/2016)
  • Hi, is it possible to have a copy of this photo please?  I am a descendant of the Gillams and I am researching family history. Thanks 

    By Gavin Gillam (08/02/2017)

    By Comments Editor (08/02/2017)
  • Such an important photograph judging the interest shown by the number of requests above.

    I appreciate this is your personal property, but have you considered donating a copy to the ESRO (at The Keep) and/or the SFHG (Sussex Family History Group) or similar?

    I am researching my family name in Southwick/Portslade/Hove and Brighton. My GG Grandfather was Charles PATCHING (b. Southwick 1809). He married a Brighton lass, Elizabeth HUMPHREY, in Brighton in 1834 and was possibly living in the area around the time the photo was taken.

    I’m not sure Charles was a fisherman per se, but may have tried his hand at some point. Interestingly, Elizabeth’s father and several brothers definitely were Brighton fishermen, including her older brother William HUMPHREY.

    Both a Charles Patching and William Humphrey are named in the picture. Could these be my ancestors? If so, this is a very important picture for me.

    Can I add my name to the list for a copy please. Thank you.

    My email address is:

    By Christopher Patching (20/03/2017)
  • I am related to the Leaches; my grandfather was Frank Leach and I now own the sleeper earrings that were in his ears. I spent many a happy hour down on the old fisherman’s hard watching the fish being brought in and sold. Also I worked for my uncle Cecil Leach as a 14 year old, he owned the cafe by the red mine on the beach. I also spent a lot of time with George Gilman. My cousin is Peter Leach, his dad was Rachell and has sisters Mary and Marie. Would love to contact Peter re the ear rings. My email address is

    By Val (25/04/2017)
  • Dear Josie, please could you e-mail me a copy of the photograph of the Brighton fishermen that you own.  My connection to the photograph is through William (Big Bill) Taylor.  My dad was the son of Thomas Alfred Jarvis and Louisa Maud Taylor (daughter of William Taylor).  I am tracing the Taylor family tree and would love a copy.  My email address is (

    By Theresa Whittle (07/05/2017)
  • Further to my earlier request for a copy of the photograph, I recently visited the Brighton Fishermen’s Museum – a very interesting collection – who have a copy mounted on the wall. I took some photographs of it (not sure if I was allowed to, but there was nobody around to ask). Maybe a visit to the museum or a written request to the curator for copies would be fruitful to requestees still waiting for a reply from Josie.

    By Christopher Patching (07/06/2017)
  • This is a message for Josie Campbell.  My Grandfather was Thomas Laycock and my father was Thomas Laycock who recalled working with him on Brighton beach as a boy.  I would really love to have a copy of the photo if you could.  Interestingly the post above about John Laycock who migrated to Perth Australia is where I have live since 1987 so I may have cousins here I didn’t know existed.

    Thank you for forwarding this message to Josie.


    By Paul laycock (03/01/2018)

    Paul Laycock’s email address above.

    By Paul Laycock (05/01/2018)
  • Dear Josie, may I add my name to the list of people asking for a copy of this picture. I am researching Joseph Leach for my cousin, who is a direct descendent. Many thanks in advance.

    By Debbie Vidler (21/01/2018)
  • Dear Josie, do you have the photo of Sophia Campbell I promised you, we lost touch.

    By Carol Brooke (03/02/2018)
  • I am researching my ancestors the Mitchell‘s who were fishermen of Brighton. My Grandfather was Arthur Pentecost born 1903 also a fisherman. I have Harman, Gunn and Akehurst’s on my tree. I live in a cottage that was built by the Gillams. Are the Gillams the same ones as mentioned in the Hastings museum history? Any information on any of the above would be helpful. Trish

    By Patricia Law (23/03/2018)
  • I’m trying to research the Laycock name my grandad who I never met was a Laycock. I have absolutely no information on him I wonder if there is a connection with the Laycock here?


    By Cheryl (17/07/2018)
  • My great great grandfather was the Samuel Akehurst in the picture

    By Sheryl McNaught (04/07/2019)
  • I am related to The Campbells who had the fishing boat “Minnie Clay”. I would be very interested in any photographs or history as I believe some of the photos and information that was previously held by the Brighton fishing museum had been lost. Any information would be fantastic, please contact myself at
    Thank you

    By Karen Knight (15/10/2019)
  • Hi Josie, hope you are still sending out copies of this amazing photo as I would love a copy, being a descendant of the Gunn family. Thank you so much. Regards, Linda. [Hello Linda, Josie hasn’t posted a message on this page since 2013. It maybe somewhile before she gets back to you with a copy of the picture you have requested. Thanks, Editing Team]

    By Linda Coleby (23/02/2020)
  • Hi
    Likewise I would really appreciate a copy of this amazing photograph, I am related to the Priest, Rolfes and Pierce families.
    Many thanks.

    By Jim Reeves (04/05/2020)
  • My grandmother was an only child, Jessie Rolf of Bosses Gardens, early 1900s.I am unaware of her parents Christian names.Her close family, uncles etc were fishermen.I have several photos of them. During ww1, correspondence home, I have noticed the ‘e’ at the end of Rolfe was dropped .Nan married James (Jim) Avery and moved to Norwich Drive Bevendean. Trying to marry the info I overheard as a child and history, I believe some of her cousins ended their days in Haywards Mental Health Hospital, probably from ‘shell shock’ from ww1.THAT IS ONLY SPECULATION. I am only too aware of these family names, I went to school with Gunns, Taylors and my first marriage with a Greenier brought a Hayes family as inlaws, no doubt history repeating it’s self. Not tot good with technology but happy to chat, Troy Avery 07754591474.

    By Troy Dagley Avery (02/07/2020)
  • Hi Josie

    This is an amazing photograph. I am married to one of Ted Gillam’s sons, Andrew. Please could we have a copy of this photograph? My email address is

    Many thanks,

    By Fiona Gillam (04/07/2020)
  • Hi Fiona, l am related to the Gunns and Gillams. If possible l would love a copy of this picture. My email is
    Many thanks.

    By Karen swain (16/01/2021)
  • Hi Josie
    I am related to the Gunns, and most of the other fishing families and would love a copy of this great photograph. My email is
    Sue Haigh.

    By S Haigh (09/04/2021)

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