E. J. May

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House at Elstree designed by Edward John May, and Exhibited at Royal Academy in 1887.

Edward John May (1853–1941) was an English architect.

Career[edit]

He was the last pupil of Decimus Burton. He then went to the assist Eden Nesfield who was at the time working in partnership with Richard Norman Shaw. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1873. He won the RIBA Pugin Prize in 1876.

Shaw commended May as Estate Architect at Bedford Park, London in 1880 [1] and May held that post until 1885. He lived at 6 Queen Anne's Grove, Bedford Park from 1881 to 1890.

He was architect to the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society and to the Governesses' Benevolent Institution. His office was at Hart Street, Bloomsbury, London.[2] He retired in 1932.

From the 1890s he was a resident of Chislehurst, Kent where he was responsible for a wide range houses. He lived firstly on Willow Grove, before moving to a house of his own design in 1913. At Chislehurst he was a Church Warden at the Church of the Annunciation, Chislehurst High Street as well as Secretary of the Parish Nurse Fund.

He died at Chislehurst on 16 March 1941.[3]

"To know E. J. May was an exhilarating tonic, the serious and yet lighthearted activity of thought and action, the quick movement to keep an appointment or to see you on your homeward way was characteristic." [2]

Works up to 1900[edit]

  • 1870s - 1880s Houses at Bedford Park
  • 1877 No. 1 The Avenue, Bedford Park
  • 1879 Club House, Bedford Park
  • 1880 No 12 Blenheim Drive, Bedford Park (attrib)
  • 1880 Nos 17 - 19 Marlborough Crescent, Bedford Park (attrib)
  • 1881 The Vicarage, Bedford Park [4]
  • 1882 Nos 21 - 39 Marlborough Crescent, Bedford Park(attrib)
  • 1882 Nos 15 - 33 Queen Anne's Grove, Bedford Park
  • 1882 Nos 24 - 28 Queen Anne's Grove, Bedford Park
  • 1882 Nos 2 - 10 Newton Grove, Bedford Park
  • 1882 No 1 Newton Grove, Bedford Park
  • 1882 No 11 South Parade, Bedford Park (attrib)
  • 1882 Master's House, The School, Derby [5]
  • 1883 nos 15 - 25 Queen Anne's Grove, London
  • 1883 New Hotel Bush Hill Park, Enfield [6]
  • 1883 nos 3 - 4 Gainsborough Gardens, Hampstead, London [7]
  • 1883 House for Dr Hogg, Priory Gardens, Bedford Park, London
  • 1884-85 St Margaret’s Terrace, Cromer, Norfolk [8]
  • 1884 Swarland Hall, Northumberland [9]
  • 1884 Stables, Swarland Hall [10]
  • 1884 No 5 The Orchard, Bedford Park [11]
  • 1885 House at Wimbledon, London [11][12]
  • 1885 Club Room, Bedford Park [12]
  • 1886 Herne's Close, Overstrand Road, Cromer, Norfolk [13]
  • 1887 House at Elstree [14]
  • 1889 No 2 The Grange, Wimbledon
  • 1889 Folkton Manor House [15]
  • 1890 Barnsdale Hall, near Oakham, Rutland[16]
  • 1891 House at Hampstead [17]
  • 1892 Kirklevington Grange, North Riding [18][19]
  • 1892 House in Connecticut, U.S.A [19]
  • 1892 Lyneham, Chislehurst, Kent (his own home)
  • 1895 The Croft, Hindhead, Surrey
  • 1895 Stables at Shaw Hill, Wiltshire [20]
  • 1895 Houses at Gainsborough Gardens, Hampstead, London
  • 1894-8 Jardine Hall, Drumfrieshire, Scotland [21][22]
  • 1898 Saxby's St Paul's Cray Road, Chislehurst (alts)

Works 1900 - 1930[edit]

  • 1900 Homeside, no 4 South Side, Wimbledon [23]
  • 1901 Norman Cottage, Morley Road, Chislehurst
  • 1902 Falconhurst, no 19 Parkside, Wimbledon
  • 1900-05 Branksome Place (formerly Hilders, then Branksome Hilders), Hindhead Rd, Haselmere, Surrey, for Sir Charles McLaren, bt. (later 1st Baron Aberconway)
  • 1900-05 Honeyhanger, Haselmere, Surrey, for Sir Charles McLaren, bt. (later 1st Baron Aberconway)
  • 1900-05 10 Palace Green, London
  • 1904 Nos 165 - 169 Lower Camden, Chislehurst
  • 1904 New Entrance Lodges, Toddington, Gloucestershire [24]
  • 1905 Ballindune, Weydown Road, Haslemere
  • 1906-07 Saxby's St Paul's Cray Road, Chislehurst (further alts)
  • 1907 Nos 1, 2 and 4 Shepherd's Green, Chislehurst
  • 1907 Dunoran, Park Farm Road, Bickley.
  • 1908 Nos 3 and 5 Shepherd's Green, Chislehurst
  • 1908 House at Webbington, Somerset
  • 1908 Three Firs, Hindhead, Surrey [25]
  • 1909 Western Motor Works, Perry Street, Chislehurst
  • 1909 The Homestead, 9 Holbrook Lane, Chislehurst
  • 1910 Waifs and Strays' Home, Pyford, Surrey [26]
  • 1910 Working Men's Club (British Legion), 76 Green Lane, Chislehurst
  • 1910 Nos 1 - 5 Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst
  • 1910 - 11 Guild hall, Sandwich, Kent (alts)
  • 1910 White Riggs, Mead Road, Chislehurst
  • 1910 Sweet Meadows, Mead Road, Chislehurst
  • 1910 Nos 1 5 Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst (attrib)
  • 1911 House at Boyne Park, Tunbridge Wells
  • 1911 House at Toddington, Gloucestershire
  • 1911 Lych Gate at Church of the Annunciation, High Street, Chislehurst
  • 1912 Antokol (formerly Oak House), Holbrook Lane, Chislehurst
  • 1913 Wallings (formerly Lyneham), Heathfield Lane, Chislehurst (own house)
  • 1914 Millfield, Cricketground Road, Chislehurst (demolished)
  • 1915 Red Hatch, 55 Elmstead Lane, Chislehurst (erected 1920)
  • 1920s Elmstead Spinney, no 5 Wood Drive, Chislehurst
  • 1922 Mainstay Lodge, Holbrook Lane, Chislehurst (demolished)
  • 1924 St Anne's Cottage, no 6 The Meadow, Chislehurst
  • 1925 Ada Lewis Governesses' Homes, Southend Road, Beckenham, Kent [27]
  • 1926 Quatre Fils (formerly Harwood), 41 Holbrook Lane, Chislehurst
  • 1927 Lockers, Holbrook Lane, Chislehurst
  • 1928 Archway Cottages, Scadbury Estate, Chislehurst
  • 1930 Moorcroft (formerly Exbourne), Wilderness Road, Chislehurst
  • 1930 Tower at Church of the Annunciation, High Street, Chislehurst
  • Lychgate to St Mary's Church, Perivale, Middlesex
  • No 48 Parkway, Gidea Park, Hornchurch, Essex
  • No 10 Reed Pond Walk, Gidea Park, Hornchurch, Essex

Other work[edit]

  • Sketch of a Queen Anne Interior (Orchard House) [28]
  • Royal Academy Exhibitor annually from 1881–1892 and also 1894, 1898 and 1900.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bedford Park - The First garden Suburb, T Affleck Greeves, 1975
  2. ^ a b Unpublished obituary by K A Pite held at RIBA
  3. ^ Architects' Journal May 1941, p124
  4. ^ Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1881
  5. ^ Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1882
  6. ^ Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1883
  7. ^ Victorian and Edwardian Hampstead, Alistair Service, London, 1989
  8. ^ Harmonious Houses in Exquisite Surroundings, Cromer Preservation Society, 2004
  9. ^ The Builder, 18 December 1884
  10. ^ Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1884
  11. ^ a b The Builder, vol 49, p303, 1885
  12. ^ a b Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1885
  13. ^ The Architect, 12 November 1886
  14. ^ Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1887
  15. ^ Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1889
  16. ^ Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1890
  17. ^ Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1891
  18. ^ The Builder, 9 July 1892
  19. ^ a b Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1892
  20. ^ The Builder, 14 December 1895
  21. ^ Academy Architecture, 1898
  22. ^ Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1894 and 1898
  23. ^ Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1900
  24. ^ Modern Cottage Architecture, Maurice B Adams (editor), 1904
  25. ^ Architectural Review, 1910
  26. ^ The Builder, 14 May 1910
  27. ^ The Architect and Building News, 1928
  28. ^ The Cabinet maker and Art Furnisher, 2 July 1883, p2

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