Of all the notables resting in our nearby churchyard, one stands out above the others.
Sake (Sheikh) Dean Mahomed (a.k.a. Dr Brighton) was an Anglo-Indian surgeon and entrepreneur. He was one of the most famous early non-European immigrants to the western world, and was responsible for introducing the west to Indian cuisine, at The Hindoostane Coffee House which he opened in 1810 at 34 George St W1; a road in which I actually lived for a while.
He also introduced England to steam baths and massage (Mahomed's Baths) at his establishment on Brighton's seafront.
Mahomed was born in 1759 in Patna India, and died in Brighton in 1851.
There are several pictures of Mahomed, but I particularly like this very primitive attempt (below), which refers to him as an 'East Indian'.
His gravestone is in a fenced area of the churchyard, otherwise I would have taken a photo.
Most of the information above comes from Wiki, and if you should wish to know more about him it's all there.
You live in such an interesting environment and have a lot to discover.ReplyDelete
Brighton does have a very interesting history, especially after The Prince Regent built his palace here (The Brighton Pavilion). It's always been a rather 'spicy' town.Delete
There is something about him in the People's History Museum in ManchesterReplyDelete
I think he was well known throughout the UK.Delete
He wasn’t a lookerReplyDelete
Whilst factually correct, John, who knows - some people don't cut much of a figure in a photo yet are beautiful in the flesh, bowling you over with their flair, their charm, their wit, their brain power, their life force. So my question to you: "And?" "So?"Delete
PS You may remember Rachel mentioning Ottoline Morrell some time ago (Bloomsbury set). She most certainly wasn't your standard beauty ideal what with her height, her nose, and yet ... my goodness. Bertrand Russell wasn't the only one smitten by her. So there is hope for you yet.
There are other portraits of him showing a handsome man. I chose the etching above because it was so bizarre.Delete
It never crossed my mind that people may be beautiful on the inside even if they do not have classic good looks.
Thank you for helping me see things from a different and interesting perspective
Your attempt at sarcasm is touching, John.Delete
Take heart: Like all arts, indeed crafts, sarcasm is one that you either have an innate (not to say, inane) talent for or may be able to improve by putting in the blood, sweat and tears of practice.
I’m touched that you are touchedDelete
Fascinating stuff. He should be better known.ReplyDelete
Extremely famous in his day, now almost forgotten.Delete
The picture suggests that Dean Mahomed was in fact a cartoon character. His proportions were all awry.ReplyDelete
I think the artist had a sense of humour.Delete
I've never heard of him ..... he seemed rather ahead of the game. Have you got snow Cro ? It is SO thick here ...... the most snow I've seen for years. XXXXReplyDelete
We had about an inch yesterday, mostly gone now.Delete
He spent more time in Cork than anywhere else. I am grateful to him for introducing massage and hammans to us for their health benefits.ReplyDelete
I'm grateful for his introducing Indian restaurants.Delete
He was a very forward thinking man. Massage and steam continues to be much loved by many today.ReplyDelete
Yes, a rarity for his time.Delete
A bright bloke. I never realised Brightons depravity went back so far, possibly it didn't and was a normal spot before the Royals and Dean moved in.ReplyDelete
Just bawdy fishermen before the Prince Regent turned-up.Delete
I wonder if Martha Gunn's grave is still there. I remember going to see that with the school. She was a dipper and lived in East Street. I believe the house she lived in is still standing. Maybe you could have a look and take a picture.ReplyDelete
Yes, it's still there, not far from Phoebe Hessel's stone. It's not very photogenic these days!Delete
An interesting fellow. I thought the Romans brought the steam baths, but I don't mind being wrong.ReplyDelete
The Romans certainly brought hot water baths, but I think Mahomed's were an improvement.Delete