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Name: Salmon Gifford

Burial Number: 0025

Gender: Male

Occupation: Hotel Waiter; Hotel Manager;

Distinction: Heene Hotel Manager

Born: 4/9/1819

Died: 13/07/1876

Buried: 22/07/1876


Heene Hallmark

Salmon was born in Comberton, Cambridgeshire, the son of John and Jane. His father was a farmer. Salmon was baptised at Oakington on 17 Oct 1819. Early in his working life he used the name Henry Salmon Gifford. By 1841, he was working in Bristol, firstly as a tailor’s servant and then as a waiter in a hotel. In 1856, Salmon married Rebecca Robinson at St George’s, Hanover Square. In the early 1860’s, the couple managed The Cambridge Hotel in Upper Norwood.

In 1866, they took over the running of The Heene Hotel in Worthing. This was the “crown jewel” of the new Heene estate west of Worthing. The same year, Salmon was initiated into the Worthing Lodge of the Freemasons. In 1867, adverts appeared in the newspapers advising their clientele that the hotel’s name was to be changed to the “West Worthing Hotel”.

The new Heene burial ground in Manor Road was consecrated on 29 Sep 1873, and Salmon provided a public breakfast at the Assembly Rooms for the invited guests. Salmon died at the hotel on 13 Jul 1876.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 9 Plot: 28

Exact Location (what3words): packet.farmer.fork

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving remembrance of Salmon Gifford who died July 13th 1876 aged 56 years "I know my Redeemer liveth". Sacred to the memory of Rebecca relict of Salmon Gifford who died May 3rd 1887 aged 57 years "I shall be satisfied when I awake with Thy likeness" Psalm 17 Ver.16

Further Information


Name: Salmon Gifford

Gender: Male

Born: 4/9/1819

Town: Comberton

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1856

Spouse First Name: Rebecca

Spouse Last Name: Robinson

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 13/07/1876

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: West Worthing Hotel

Address line 3: Marine Parade

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £100 0 s 0 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Listed as Henry Gifford. Tailor’s servant living at Frogmore Street, Bristol.


Living in lodgings at 67 Quay Street, Bristol. Occupation, hotel waiter.


Brixton Hill, Lambeth.
Salmon aged 41, fly master. Rebecca aged 30. James Gifford aged 36, tailor. James Somerville aged 73, boarder, gentleman.


West Worthing Hotel, Heene.
Salmon aged 51, manager. Rebecca aged 40. Plus 7 servants.

Miscellaneous Information


Memorial Tablet in South Transept of Christ Church, Worthing.
This tablet was erected by Rebecca Gifford in loving remembrance of Salmon Gifford born September 4th 1820, died July 13th 1876.
“Just as I am without one plea but that thy blood was shed for me and that thou bid’st me come to thee O Lamb of God I come ”
(the date of birth is incorrect as baptism records show Salmon was born in 1819).