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Monument to John Frederick Ginnett

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Location

Street:Lewes Road
Town:Brighton
Parish:Brighton
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN2
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Object setting:Garden
and in:Religious
Access is:Public
Location note:Woodvale Cemetery, east side, about 150 metres west of Crematorium
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:132
Grid reference:D5
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.
OS Reference:TQ3205

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Makers

Name : Edwin Roscoe Mullins
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Ginnett family
Construction period:c1892
Installation date:1892
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Ginnett family
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Description:Faces south west onto one of the main cemetery roads. Tomb of the Ginnett family, particularly of John Frederick Ginnett who was a circus proprietor. Portland stone and granite. A base of granite with rock-faced rustication surmounted by granite posts and chains. The tomb takes the form of a Portland stone plinth with apsidal ends, the broad faces divided into panels by Ionic pilasters supporting a lozenge-patterned frieze, the whole surmounted by a statue of a pony on an integral base.
Signatures:Illegible signature and date to back of integral base of horse.
Inscription:Lead inset letters inscription to front of monument:

TO•THE•DEAR•MEMORY•OF
JOHN•FREDERICK•GINNETT.
BORN•IN•1819•AT•LEA•IN
ESSEX•DIED•AT•BRIGHTON
JANUARY•12•1892:AND•OF
HIS•DEARLY•LOVED•WIFE
ANNIE•MARIA:DAUGHTER
OF•JOHN•SNAPE•OF•LEAM-
INGTON:IN•HER•62ND•YEAR.

Other inscribed plaques at each corner and to the back of the monument record the names of other family members buried there.

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Classification

Categories:Funerary, Free Standing, Composite, Commemorative, Animal, Sculptural
Object type1:Marker
     Object subtype1:Commemorative stone
Object type2:Sculpture
Object type3:Statue
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Equestrian

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Object Parts

Part 1:Enclosed base set into the bank
     Material:Granite
     Height (cm):160
     Width (cm):445
     Depth (cm):130
Part 2:Plinth
     Material:Portland stone
     Height (cm):240
     Width (cm):260
     Depth (cm):100
Part 3:Statue
     Material:Stone
     Height (cm):115
     Width (cm):140
     Depth (cm):65

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Corrosion, Deterioration
     More details:Corrosion to the statue of the horse, signature almost illegible. Some of the detail of the horse lost.
Date of on-site inspection:01/05/2008

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History

History:John Frederick Ginnet (1819, Lea, Essex – 12 January 1892, Brighton). The last of Ginnet’s sons to be buried in the grave was Louis John Ginnett who died in 1947 and was a well-known portrait painter who taught at the Brighton College of Art in Grand Parade.
(Brighton Cemeteries)

John Frederick Ginnett was the eldest son of Jean Pierre Ginnett (d. 1861) the founder of the Ginnett circus dynasty. Ginnett’s sons also worked in the circus business, Claude, Frederick and Albert. His father is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery. Descendents of Ginnett continue to work the circus today
(see http://www.circusginnett.com/about.htm).

John Frederick Ginnett was a celebrated horseman and performed for the King and Queen at Brighton in 1832. He took over his father’s circus when he died in 1861. He built several permanent circus buildings. Ginnett died from bronchitis and asthma.

The Woodvale Cemetery was opened in 1857. The Woodvale crematorium and chapels are located in this cemetery. The burial ground is Grade II listed and until 1902 was known as the Brighton 'Parochial' cemetery.
(Brighton and Hove City Council)

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'Brighton Cemeteries'
     Type:Book
     Author:Dale, Antony.
     Edition:1995 Reprint
     Page:23-24
     Publisher:Brighton Borough Council. Brighton.


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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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