Hermann Apel (1833–1877)

From Historical Hastings

The musician Hermann Apel was born in Germany and emigrated to England. A son William died in 1869 aged 2 and his daughter Caroline Elizabeth in 1871. By 1871, his wife had passed away, leaving him living with his sons, Albert and Hermann at his uncle's house at 3 Dorset Place in 1871, sharing the house with two other musicians (Henrich Koether and Alfred Willmore)[1]. By 1872, he and his sons, Hermann and Albert moved next door, again with his uncle (Joseph Collins) to numbers 1 & 2 Dorset Place (a beer-house known as the 'Dripping Well'. Herman was known to have played euphonium with 'Herr Cluckner's Town Band'[2]


  1. UK Census 1871
  2. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 24 February 1877 Pg. 0005