Category: Blackpool history

The Ellis family

The Ellis family members are only largely known as practitioners of weird and wonderful sounding concepts such as phrenology, psychometry, chiromancy etc at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries on
wide and exhilarating sea front of busy Blackpool on the west coast of Lancashire, UK. But there is much more to the story than that. They were both show people and entrepreneurs, being influential in the origins of the iconic Pleasure Beach, and they became very rich out of their endeavours. They never failed to argue and stand up for the genuine nature of their firmly held beliefs, and this led to fines, imprisonment and heated discussions in the local Council chamber when Albert Ellis was elected to represent the Brunswick ward of the town.

Music hall; Victoria Monks

A facebook post by Denys Barber of the Friends of Layton Cemetery on one of the Blackpool history sites on the anniversary of the death of Victoria Monks, caught my attention as my great grandfather’s brother and family members were on the stage at the same time, though not in such a popular capacity. Her life proved interesting as it was gradually revealed, largely from contemporary newspaper reports. One of the first high profile celebrities of the modern era, she carried with her, throughout her life, all the problems of belonging to everyone except herself.

Victoria Monks Musical Hall Artiste