Edward Welch

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This article is about the Welsh architect. For the English composer, see Ed Welch. For the United States Navy admiral, see Edward F. Welch, Jr..

Edward Welch (1806-1868) was an architect born in Overton, Flintshire, in North Wales. Having been a pupil of John Oates at Halifax, West Yorkshire, he formed a partnership in 1828 with Joseph Hansom, who later invented the hansom cab and founded The Builder.[1] Together they designed several churches in Yorkshire and Liverpool, and also worked on the Isle of Anglesey. In 1831 they won the competition to design Birmingham Town Hall. However they were obliged to stand surety for the builders, which led to their bankruptcy and the dissolution of the partnership in 1834. In 1835 Welch prepared plans for Benjamin Gummow for the partial rebuilding of St Mary's Church, Ruabon.[2]

Hansom & Welch designed a number of buildings on the Isle of Man, most notably King William's College, where Welch's brother, John Welch also designed several churches independently.

Following his parting of ways with Hansom, Edward Welch returned to Liverpool, where he continued to practise as an architect until 1849. He died in London on 3 August 1868.


  1. ^ Harris, Penelope, The Architectural Achievement of Joseph Aloysius Hansom (1803-1882), Designer of the Hansom Cab, Birmingham Town Hall, and Churches of the Catholic Revival, (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010), p.11
  2. ^ http://www.churchplansonline.org


  • A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840 3rd Ed, H. Colvin; Yale University Press 1995