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Market Street, passing to the west of Pear Tree House (now the cloth establishment of Messrs Hannington and Son) by the Knabb pump that at that period projected on to the road at the bottom of the Lanes, then into Brighton Place, then round the corner into Market Street and back again to Castle Square. Sir John was buried in Warbleton Church, and a splendid tomb has been erected to his memory. Mr Mellish likewise excelled as a four-in-hand coachman. Martha Gunn was designated " the Queen of the Bath," and many are the anecdotes related of her in the aboriginal vernacular. This celebrity died May 2, 1815, at the age of 88, and was followed to the grave by a very large assemblage. Anecdotes of the most extravagant description are likewise told of characters or loungers on the Steyne at that period.
The houses on the west side of the Steyne, of some note, comprise the Castle Tavern, Mrs Fitzherbert's, and Lady Anne Murray's, afterwards Single-speech Hamilton's, — Member for Haslemere, — so-called for having essayed but one speech in his place in Parliament; on the east side, Donaldson's library (formerly Thomas's) ; and on the south side Crawford's0 (with Post Office attached), and a rival establishment called Dulot's Library, afterwards Bowen's, the latter at that time allied to a London establishment at 40, New Bond Street. Crawford and Dulot issued two small editions of a work styled by both, A description of Brighthelmstone and the adjacent country, or a new guide for ladies and gentlemen using that place of health and amusement, published about the year 1794, and they are almost a fac simile of each other.
* Kept by Mr Crawford, grandfather of the present Member for the City of London of that name; and it will be remembered that his father contested this lioruugh unsuccessfully at the first election of Mem­bers for Brighton, on its enfranchisement under the Reform Bill, on the 11th and 12th of December, 1832.
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