James Britton BALLEY

Male Abt 1791 - Abt 1863  (~ 72 years)


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  • Name James Britton BALLEY 
    Born Abt 1791  Littlehampton, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1851  Ship Street, New Shoreham, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ship Builder employing 10 men and 20 apprentices 
    Census 1861  Longcrofts, Ship Street, New Shoreham, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ship Builder employing 30 men and 40 lads 
    Died Abt 1863 
    Notes 
    • Shoreham was one of the country?s most important ship building ports in mediaeval times including those built for the navy and to a lesser degree this was continued up to the latter part of the 18th century. Shoreham ships using African and West Indies routes during the 1700's could be suspected of some involvement in the slave trade. Slavery was abolished in 1833 and the slave trade (i.e., the shipping of slaves) was not banned by the British until 1807 and involved mostly ships of modest size (e.g., 100 tons) as well as the bigger, but relatively fewer, larger vessels of 400 tons and more (the notorious slaver 'Brooks' - not a Shoreham ship - was 300 tons). Therefore the Shoreham built 'Africa' (1784 - 110 tons), 'Sussex' (1788 - 226 tons) and particularly the three decked 'Belle' (1764 - 300 tons) that sailed to Africa and the West Indies were likely to have been involved. During the 19th century the growing trade between Britain, its empire and the rest of the world created a huge demand for cargo ships which is reflected by the Lloyds Registers that show Shoreham built and Shoreham based vessels increasing from around 30 at the beginning of that century to over 120 during the 1860?s. Shoreham?s most successful and prolific of shipbuilders was James Britton Balley who also managed to find time to construct the famous Swiss Gardens that, with the coming of the railway in 1840, brought thousands flocking to the town. May and Thwaites and later William May were also prolific builders as was John Shuttleworth at Southwick during the second half of the century. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Swiss Gardens were opened in 1838, the year of Queen Victoria's coronation, by a local shipbuilder and dignitary by the name of James Britton Balley (who, incidentally, is occasionally incorrectly referred to as 'J B Bailey' in some works of reference). The Gardens quickly became popular with local people who would frequently gather there for a dinner or luncheon to mark or celebrate some important event, such as the ceremonial launching, earlier in the day, of a new ship from one of the builders' yards - perhaps even from one of Balley's own. On such occasions it became usual to round off a day of festivities with a gala-ball in the magnificicant ballroom which the Gardens boasted. Henry Cheal, the revered Shoreham chronicler and historian, considered that the ballroom, which had a floor area of over eight thousand square feet, was probably the finest on the South Coast. Some years before his death in 1863, J B Balley sold the Gardens to a Mr Edward Goodchild, for what at the time was reported to be 'a very large sum'. Under the new management of Mr Goodchild, aided by his wife, the Gardens went from strength to strength. The Goodchilds' greatly improved the facilities and ran the Gardens very successfully as a family concern for many years.
    Person ID I8946  Silk Weavers and Stay Makers
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2016 

    Family Elizabeth EDWARDS,   b. Abt 1793, New Shoreham, Lancing, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 12 Dec 1818  New Shoreham, Lancing, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. John Selden BALLEY,   b. 1821, Shoreham, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1876  (Age 55 years)  [Natural]
     2. Britton BALLEY,   b. Abt 1826, New Shoreham, Lancing, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1872, Brighton, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)  [Natural]
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F2233  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S12] From LDS.