John Standing Unknown - 1833


A 'celebrated' local match seller in Brighton. While working as a brick layer, Standing fell from a scaffold, rendering him deformed and unable to continue work. He started selling matches through the villages around Brighton but eventually sold in Brighton itself. He became very well known for singing a ditty about a match seller. While Standing sold the matches, they were made by his wife, who, as a consequence of working in cold conditions, lost an eye, a leg and most of her toes to amputation. Standing sold his matches for over 40 years and had many regular customers. He suddenly collapsed in East Street, dying a few days later, his wife dying three days later.