John Jinks (1799-1879)
John Jinks was a bricklayer who also turned his hand to a number of other business interests, including that of a tailor with premises on the America Ground (what is now roughly 40 Robertson Street) and publican.In 1851, John was listed as living at 9 Bohemia Terrace with his wife and six children; Septimus (aged 18), Stephen (aged 16), Maria (aged 12), Emily (aged 9), George (aged 5) & William (aged 8 months). By 1866 he was listed as living in a property at 24 Spittleman's Down (now Bohemia Road near modern-day Bohemia) with his wife, married daughter Emily (now Emily Bissenden aged 19) and other children; George R. A. aged 15, William H. M. aged 10 and Ellen N. aged 3.
Brett lists him as having been involved with the construction of parts of Warrior Square, and being landlord of the Wheatsheaf Inn for a period, before moving to Rye in a similar role unsuccessfully. He was also described as Wastel Brisco's right-hand man by Brett and as having constructed part of the boundary wall for Summerfields House His name was given to Jinks Passage.
- Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 1 Chap 11
- 1851 Census return
- 1861 Census return.
- Bohemia Village Voice Wheatsheaf
- British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St Leonards Observer 2 December 1939 Pg. 0016