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« on: August 14, 2014, 13:53:50 PM »

George & Henry Faithful  practised as G & H Faithful from offices at 15 Ship Street. Unlike other solicitors' firms in the town, which brought in other partners or merged or suchlike, the Faithfuls remained unchanged and thus the firm died with its two partners later in the century.
There is a little more concerning one of the partners in the firm of G & H Faithful (or should it be Faithfull?) on the Sussex PhotoHistory website (http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BTNLangridge.htm). It says that George Faithfull (1790-1863) was a leading Brighton solicitor; the Member of Parliament for Brighton between 1832 and 1835; a political reformer; and founder of the radical weekly newspaper, The Brighton Patriot.

Curiously, the website makes no reference to George's apparent partner, Henry Faithful. It does, however, mention that George had a nephew, William John Faithfull (1802-1877), who originally was a solicitor's clerk 'but later an influential Brighton solicitor'. Maybe William practised on his own account or in partnership with others outside the Faithful family? Or maybe the little information which hitherto I had, concerning the firm of G & H Faithful, is not entirely accurate?

Finally, the website includes a photograph of George which is reproduced below.

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2014, 16:07:55 PM »

Having regard to the wikipedia entry for George Faithfull, it appears that he was in partnership with Henry Faithfull but that my original source misspelt their surnames and that of the firm (i.e. Faithfull rather than Faithful). Of his legal career, wikipedia says that he was was a solicitor and partner in G & H Faithfull & Co., one of the three largest law firms in Brighton; that he became involved in the public life of the rapidly expanding town as solicitor to Thomas Read Kemp, developer of the Kemp Town Estate; that he continued his legal practice until his death, acting as solicitor to a number of railway companies; and that he died at his Brighton residence in March 1863.

Not having aspired to the fame which a career (albeit brief) in politics afforded George, Henry seems to warrant little more than a footnote in history. It appears that his residence was Summer House, Brighthelmston. He was born in 1794 and died in Brighton in 1851. Presumably after this date, George continued in practice on his own account and with his death, twelve years later, the firm of G & H Faithfull ceased to be.

I've also found an engraving of George which, judging by his appearance, seems to have been made quite some time earlier than the photograph reproduced above. The engraving is reproduced below.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2017, 12:54:31 PM »

Mr George Faithfull was the solicitor representing the "The London and Brighton and South Coast Railway Company" at the inquests into the railway tragedy on the Lewes to Brighton line - The Brighton Railway Crash Friday 6th June 1851.

There were two separate inquests into the tragedy and Mr Faithfull represented the railway company on both occasions. 

The link, above, will take you to that topic.  Mr Faithfull certainly had his work cut out.  The verdict of the first inquest didn't fall favourably with his clients.  The second inquest had a more 'favourable result' and I think that the railway company would have considered that their choice of legal representative to be wise.
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2017, 18:32:38 PM »

A little more on Henry Faithfull. He was born in Kings Worthy, Hampshire, on 10 August 1794. He married Margaret Ann Davis, but the date of their marriage does not seem to be recorded. They had eight children (possibly more) between 1824 and 1840. He died in Hurstpierpoint (my earlier source indicated Brighton) on 17 February 1851.

At least one of his children followed him into the law. His second son, Robert Faithfull (born 1827), is recorded in the 1851 census as a solicitor's articled clerk. His address is given as Summer House, Brighton, so presumably he was living at home with his parents. Possibly another son did likewise, as there is a reference to John (Johnathan?) Faithfull being the son of Henry and Margaret and a solicitor. But it seems that, for whatever reason, neither Robert nor John entered the firm of G & H Faithfull.
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2017, 14:56:14 PM »

George Faithfull's grave in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex.

His grave is close to the East wall of the church.  The headstone is leaning slightly forwards.  The inscription reads :

                       IN MEMORY OF
                    GEORGE FAITHFULL
                 SOLICITOR, BRIGHTON,
     WHO DIED MARCH 11th 1863, AGED 73.
                            ALSO OF
                       SARAH MARIA,
                  WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
        WHO DIED FEBry 27th 1878, AGED 85.
              ALSO OF WILLIAM, THEIR SON
          WHO DIED SEPTr 8th 1857 AGED 37
          ALSO OF HARRIET, THEIR DAUGHTER
  WHO DIED AUGUST 27th 1824, AGED 6 MONTHS
         ALSO OF SARAH EDITH, DAUGHTER OF
              HENRY F. AND ELIZA FAITHFULL,
            GRAND-DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE,
      WHO DIED MAY 6th 1855, AGED 9 MONTHS.


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