John Howard was born in Liverpool in 1831, the so of prominent merchant and shipowner. A distinguished railway and water engineer, proprietor of the South London Mail and Director of the North British Railway. He was an outstanding philanthropist and ran a local charity known as the Howard Charity from special office in Richmond Terrace, Brighton.’
One of Howard’s most notable contributions came in 1898. John Howard formed a company to complete the construction of the Brighton Palace Pier. The original construction began in 1891, but in 1896 a storm struck. The Chain Pier was destroyed, and the wreckage of this destruction damaged the Palace Pier. The pier opening May 1899.
( Source Shalom Sussex, Pier Image Arthur Lloyd and Sir John Howard bus –courtesy Brighton and Hove Bus Company)