Your Hosts

You will be made to feel most welcome by your four hosts, who will engage you with their knowledge of the local news, gossip and goings-on at the Palace! 


Miss Mary Field was born into a farming family of modest means in the village of Kingston, near Lewes.  Through Miss Field's work with almshouses, she soon developed a keen interest in the plight of the local poor in contrast to the extreme wealth regularly displayed in Brighton. Her life took an unexpected turn when she became engaged to John Barclay, a young merchant and political reformer and the couple planned a move to the North, where John worked. Only 3 weeks prior to their wedding, John was tragically killed in The Peterloo Massacre, Manchester in August 1819. Devastated, Miss Field returned to her family to help her ageing parents run the farm. Her meeting with Annette Livius proved to be a meeting of minds and she has since enjoyed many lively outings in her company. She is currently reluctant to accept Mrs Livius's invitation to meet the King, however, as the Hussars who had stormed the crowds at Peterloo received a message of congratulations from him soon after.

Miss Esther Heyrick was born into a Methodist family in Birmingham on the 24th November 1791. Her parents, Doctor and Mrs Heyrick have passed on their love of early music such as Bach and Handel to both their son and their daughter. The late Doctor Heyrick and his father were both locally renowned players of recorders; when Doctor Heyrick died last year he bequeathed his recorders to Miss Heyrick in the hope that she would continue to play the music that he loved.

Miss Heyrick has become a close companion of her late brother’s wife Elizabeth Heyrick, an anti-slavery campaigner whose writings have recently courted some controversy. It may be partly to distract Miss Heyrick from the passions of politics that her mother has arranged with Mr Adams, a close family friend, that Esther spends the season with him in Brighton.


Mr. Henry Adams was born in Shoreditch, London on the 30th January 1783. He is the son of William Adams, a successful printer of note in London. After attending St.Peter’s Elementary School, Adams proved himself an interesting enough scholar to gain entrance to Queens' College, Cambridge. In the same year as he graduated, he met and subsequently married a widow, Mrs Greville, who had a life interest in a comfortable income.
After 1825, when his wife tragically died, Adams had very slender means of his own, but he has always been popular with his friends and has been well looked after by them. His close association with Mr.Thomas Carter in particular, ensures that Mr.Adams has now become a regular feature at Brighton where he continues to maintain a high profile entertaining friends and visitors alike. Mr. Charles Fulke recently commented that “Adams is a living proof that a man may be perfectly happy and exceedingly poor. I think he is the only man I know in society who possesses practically nothing but is well liked by all'.  Mr.Adams has a particular fondness for dancing and his love of drinking tea appears to be bred in the bone.