Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine CH KBE (1853-1931) Caine was born in Bridgewater Street, at a time when his father was working at Runcorn Docks. Preferring to be known as just Hall Caine, he wrote novels (many of which were made into films, including one made by Alfred Hitchcock), plays, short stories, film-scripts, and many works of non-fiction. He was once one of the most successful authors in the world, with sales of his books numbering in the millions. For a time, he acted as secretary to the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and later wrote a book of recollections of his time spent with the famous painter and poet. Caine's friend Bram Stoker, dedicated his horror story 'Dracula' to him under Caine's nickname of 'Hommy-Beg'. He died at his home, Greeba Castle, on the Isle of Man.