A brief history


The view from the Devil's Dyke.

'View from the Dyke' Mixed media on canvas, 1m x 1m.


Detail (as above)

'View to the Weald' Mixed media on canvas, 1m x 1m.




My Great Grandfather owned the Devil's Dyke Hotel

and my Grandfather lived there as a child.

This old London, Brighton and South Coast Railway poster is advertising the various attractions of the Devil's Dyke Hotel, it is over 100 years old and I have just had it restored to it's former glory.



There were a number of attractions displayed at the Devil's Dyke, one of which was the skeleton of a Greenland Whale washed up on Brighton beach in 1882.

My Great Grandfather kept a piece and made a footstool,

Greenland Whale vertebrae footstool.


 And this is what happened to the rest of it...


The jaw bones of the whale stranded last week on the Brighton beach, having been claimed by the Crown, were, on Saturday, submitted to public competition; one of the Coast guard officers officiating as auctioneer. The company present was, however, more select than numerous; for it comprised but two gentlemen, two ladies, and three dogs. Whether the presence of the latter was due to their natural predilection for a bone, or whether this particular bone possessed some odour peculiarly agreeable to their olfactory organs, does not appear; but the zeal they displayed in examining the article whilst on view certainly seemed to warrant the belief they meant business. Whatever hopes these attentions on the part of the dogs may have raised in the auctioneer were, however, disappointed; for, owing presumably to a sense of their indigence, not a bid for the big and savoury bones could be elicited from either of them; the bones being ultimately knocked down for ten shillings , to Captain Poland, of the West Pier.

Brighton and Hove Herald  4th February 1882