James Edmeston

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James Edmeston (10 September 1791 – 7 January 1867) was an English architect and surveyor; he was also known as a prolific writer of church hymns.

He was born in Wapping, Middlesex, England. Maternal grandfather was the Reverend Samuel Brewer, pastor of an independent congregation in Stepney for 50 years.[citation needed]

He began as an architect in 1816. George Gilbert Scott was his pupil, articled to Edmedston in 1827.[1]

He served as the church warden at St. Barnabas in Homerton, Middlesex, and was a strong supporter of and frequent visitor to the London Orphan Asylum. Edmeston is said to have written 2000 hymns, one every Sunday.[citation needed]

He died in Homerton in 1867.



  1. ^ Howard Colvin (1978). A Biiographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600–1840. John Murray. pp. 281–2. ISBN 0 7195 3328 7.