William Diplock (1810-1866)
Coming to Hastings from his birth town of Brighton with his father around 1829, Diplock started work in what had been Powell’s library before taking over Barry’s in 1839. In addition to his work with the libraries and his well-known guides to the town, he was an active church member and upon moving to Silverhill became also the Manager and Treasurer of the Silverhill Board School
In 1840 he married Eliza Sarah Langham, the eldest daughter of solicitor J G Langham. Eliza’s father was the Lawyer Langham who lived at 1 High Street from 1838 to 1876. He was known as the ‘Smugglers Lawyer’. James was succeeded in the firm by F A Langham and the firm is now Young, Coles and Langdon.