Herbert Etheridge Julyan


Interior of Telscombe Church

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Linden Cottage, Oakridge Avenue, Saltdean. Herbert Julyan was born on February 26, 1871 in Pimlico in central London. He was the eldest son of Hannah E. Julian (born in Stowmarket, Suffolk in about 1852) and William Symons Julian (born in 1844 at Withiel in Cornwall). William Symons was a skilled carpenter and for many years ran a building business at Fetcham in Surrey (he lived at Ballands Hall). After two years as a junior clerk to the Chairman of Committees at the House of Commons, his son Herbert took up a position in 1886 with George Wilson, a well-known yacht broker and chandler of Glasshouse Street off Piccadily Circus, and began what became a very long career buying and selling yachts, as well as arranging insurance and overhauls, for many famous people. He changed his surname to the traditional Cornish form, Julyan, prior to his marriage in 1900 to Louise Harriet Pougher, who was the daughter of a Musical Director, working with Arthur Sullivan. When the 1901 census was held, he and Louise were living at 67 Gloucester Street. By 1904 he and Louise moved from central London to Carshalton in Surrey. The 1911 census gives their address as Mogador Park Hill and lists their two sons and daughter: Roughtor J. W. Julyan, born in 1904, Herbert Louis E. Julyan, born in 1905 and Joan Louise Etheridge Julyan, born in 1909.

At the end of the 1930s Herbert Julyan moved to Saltdean, and in 1940 he published a short guidebook to Rottingdean and the East Sussex Downs and villages, which was printed by Lewes Press Ltd. The photographic illustrations included a view of the interior of Telscombe Church, which he also issued as a good quality black and white real photographic card with "Julyan, Saltdean" written in the bottom right of the photograph. A 1948 postmark has been seen. Presumably visitors could purchase the card at the church. It is not known whether he published an exterior view of the church or any other cards of Telscombe, but a card of housing on the eastern edge of Rottingdean has come to light, labelled "Julyan, Saltdean" on the reverse (see Gallery).

In 1950, after his retirement, Julyan published a book reminiscing on his life's work as a yacht broker. Entitled Sixty years of yachts (Hutchinson) and illustrated by his friend, Sir Frank Brangwyn, it is full of delightful anecdotes about the eccentric goings-on of the ultra wealthy. Julyan greatly enjoyed walking over the Downs from Saltdean to Telscombe, and when he died in 1960 he was laid to rest, as he had requested, in Telscombe churchyard.

Acknowledgement: Grateful thanks to Michael Brookes, Julyan's grandson, for supplying some of the above information.

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