John Jinks (1799-1879)

From Historical Hastings

Born near Tonbridge, 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[1].

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) and William (aged 8 months)[2]. By 1861 he was listed as living in a property at 24 Spittleman's Down (now Bohemia Road near the modern-day area known as Bohemia) with his wife, daughter Emily (listed as wife's daughter, Emily Bissenden aged 19 and working as a dress-maker) and other children; George R. A. aged 15, William H. M. aged 10 and Ellen N. aged 3[3].

Brett lists him as having been involved with the construction of parts of Warrior Square, and being landlord of the Wheatsheaf Inn[4] [1]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[1] His name was given to Jinks Passage.

His son William went on to follow in his father's footsteps and founded a building firm, W. N. Jinks and Sons[5]


Children of: John Jinks and Sarah Bissenden (1816-1881)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Richard Aaron Jinks (1846-)


William Henry Moses Jinks (1850-1893) 22 July 1850 17 January 1893 [[Sarah Jane Russell (1852-1918)]]

Ellen Naomi Jinks (1857-1894)


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