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Name: Albert Blann

Burial Number: 0807

Gender: Male

Occupation: Able Seaman, Lodging House Keeper, Grocer,

Born: /12/1839

Died: 00/11/1915

Buried: 25/11/1915


Albert Blann, was born in Heene, son of Henry and Ann. Father Henry was an Agricultural Labourer, born in Beeding.
Blann is a very common name in Sussex. Michael Blann was a Downs Shepherd from Beeding who sang a very lovely folksong (The Trees are all Bare…) – I have no idea whether they were related!

In 1841, Albert, with parents Henry and Ann and their older children, was living at Little Heene.
At the time of the 1851 census, the family was at 19 Heene Street. Albert was the sixth of their 7 children.

In 1861 there was an Albert Blann, born in Heene, serving as an Able Seaman on an 180 ton boat, based in Shoreham. It was a ‘Costing Grade’ boat, Captained by James Billinghurst, from Littlehampton and presumably a fishing boat. This may not be ‘our’ Albert, but it is likely.

Alice, nee Potten, was from Patching, daughter of Henry and Mary Ann Potten. Father Henry was from Mayfield, in Sussex, and was described, in the 1861 Census, in Salvington, as a Lath Winder. (By 1871 he was described as a Lath Winder (retired)). Married in Brighton, they moved to Patching in 1820/21. Alice was one of the youngest of their very extensive family.

Alice and Albert were married in West Tarring, in January 1864.

At 9 Brunswick Road ‘Common Lodgings’ in 1871, Albert was a ‘Common Lodgings Housekeeper’ with Alice, daughter Minnie (Ellen), and 25 Lodgers, male and female, from all over the country, including 3 from Ireland. Hucksters, Drovers, Hawkers, Saddlers, a Wheelwright and several Labourers.

Albert Archibald Joseph, was born in Heene, the second child in the family, and died in 1881.

In 1881, at 2 Brunswick Road were Albert, Grocer, and Alice, Grocer’s wife, with daughter Minnie, 15, and sons Henry and Ernest Adolphus, aged 4 and 2.

In 1891 at 9 Brunswick Road, were Grocer Albert with wife Alice, sons Henry and Ernest, daughter Margaret, aged 5, married daughter Ellen Linnell, aged 29, a Dressmaker, with her 3-year-old son Joseph, and two male Lodgers, father and son.

At the King and Queen Public House at 9 Brunswick Road in 1901 were Albert, still a Grocer, Son Henry, aged 24, a Carpenter, and also daughter Margaret Beatrice Kate, aged 15. 79 year-old widowed Jobbing Gardener, Edwin Patten, was with them as a Boarder.
The King and Queen (as the Brunswick became) was built in 1839. It wasn’t so much a pub as a Beer House after the Brunswick became an Hotel. It is now a private house.

In 1911 Albert was living in Acton, Middlesex, with his daughter Margaret, and son-in-law Frank Bradley, a Londoner and a Butcher. Albert was described as a Cab Driver and Old Age Pensioner. His son Ernest, single, aged 33, a Fishmonger, was living there too.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 1 Plot: 18

Exact Location (what3words):

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves


None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves

Further Information


Name: Albert Blann

Gender: Male

Born: /12/1839

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 11/01/1864

Spouse First Name: Alice

Spouse Second Name: Maria

Spouse Last Name: Potten

Town of Marriage: West Tarring

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 00/11/1915

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: 191

Address line 2: The Vale

Town: Known

County: Middlesex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Little Heene

– Henry aged 30, agricultural labourer. Ann aged 30. Elizabeth aged 11. Mary Ann aged 9. Frances aged 7. Stephen aged 4. Albert aged 1.



Henry aged 42, labourer. Ann aged 42. Mary Ann aged 19, dressmaker. Albert aged 11. Henry aged 9. Edward aged 7. William aged 7. Alfred aged 5. Eliza aged 2. Mary Ball aged 80, widow, pauper


St Sampson, Guernsey –

Albert aged 21, able seaman aboard the cutter “Pike” out of Shoreham under Master James Billinghurst. Crew of eight men


9 Brunswick Road, Worthing

Common Lodging House. Albert aged 31, lodging house keeper. Alice aged 26. Minnie aged 5. Plus 27 lodgers. The house was next door to the King and Queen pub, later The Brunswick


2 Brunswick Road, Worthing

Albert aged 41, grocer. Alice aged 36. Minnie aged 15. Henry aged 4. Ernest aged 2. George Brown aged 56, lodger, carpenter


9 Brunswick Road, Worthing

Albert aged 52, grocer. Alice aged 47. Henry aged 14. Ernest aged 12. Margaret aged 5. Ellen Linnell (Minnie) aged 25, daughter, dressmaker. Joseph aged 3, grandson. William Hastings aged 58, lodger. William Harding aged 34, lodger.


9 Brunswick Road, Worthing

Albert aged 63, grocer. Alice aged 58. Henry aged 24, carpenter. Margaret aged 15. Edwin Potten aged 79, boarder, jobbing gardener


191 The Vale, Acton

Albert aged 72, old age pensioner. Margaret Bradley aged 26, daughter. Frank Bradley aged 30, butcher. Ernest Blann aged 33, son, fishmonger. Plus 1 servant

Miscellaneous Information

The Sussex Advertiser 14th April 1877


Jane Warner 23, laundress charged with feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Albert Blann and stealing therefrom, ten shillings and sixpence in pence and half-pence, ninety-seven farthings, two pounds weight of tea and half a pound of tobacco, his property at Heene on 11th February 1877, was sentenced to four calendar months hard labour.