Charles Edge (architect)

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Charles Edge
Born(1800-10-13)13 October 1800
Died21 July 1867(1867-07-21) (aged 66)
Edgbaston
OccupationArchitect
Spouse(s)Ellen Allerton
PracticeEdge and Avery
6 Bennetts Hill of 1827
Birmingham Market Hall of 1832–35
Powell's Gun Shop, 1861

Charles Edge (13 October 1800 – 21 July 1867) was an English architect based in Birmingham.

Career[edit]

Edge was born on 13 October 1800. He studied architecture in London for 5 years, and set himself up in practice in Bennetts Hill, Birmingham in 1826.[1] He became one of the leading architects in Birmingham.[2] After the failure of the contractors building Birmingham Town Hall, Edge was employed to complete the building. For many years he worked in partnership with Avery.[clarification needed] His son, Charles Allerton Edge became an architect working with his father. Edge also employed Yeoville Thomason.

He died on 21 July 1867 at Edgbaston.[3]

Works[edit]

  • 5 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, 1827[4]
  • 6 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, 1827[5]
  • Wesleyan Methodist Church, Constitution Hill, Birmingham, 1827–28
  • 112 Colmore Row, Birmingham, c.1829 (probable)
  • The Public Office, Moor Street, Birmingham, 1829–30
  • Birmingham Market Hall, High Street, Birmingham, 1832–35 (destroyed in the Birmingham Blitz, remains demolished)
  • Bank of Birmingham, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham 1833 (afterwards Branch Bank of England)
  • Scottish Presbyterian Church, Broad Street, Birmingham, 1834 (rebuilt 1848-49 by J.R. Botham)
  • St Peter's Church, Dale End, Birmingham, 1834–37 (rebuilding after fire damage. Demolished 1899)
  • Birmingham Town Hall, 1835 alterations
  • Key Hill Cemetery, 1835–36[6]
  • The Crescent, Filey, Yorkshire, 1835–38
  • Birmingham and Midland Bank, Union Street, Birmingham, 1836
  • Aspley House, 39 Wellington Road, Birmingham, 1836[7]
  • Regent Works, Vittoria Street/Regent Street, Birmingham, 1837–38
  • Birmingham Town Hall, 1837 extension
  • 15 Chad Road, Birmingham, 1838
  • The Independent Chapel, King Street, Dudley, 1839
  • Victoria Works, Vittoria Street/Frederick Street, Birmingham 1839–40
  • National Provincial Bank, Bennett Hill, Birmingham, 1840
  • Block, Temple Street/New Street, Birmingham, 1842 (demolished c.1950)
  • St Paul's School, Wharstone Lane, Birmingham, 1844
  • Norwich Union Fire Engine House, Temple Street, Birmingham, 1846 (with Avery)
  • Coade stone fountain, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 1850[8]
  • Savings Bank, 31 Cannon Hill, Birmingham, 1850
  • Birmingham Town Hall, 1850 extension
  • Aston Waterworks Engine House, Birmingham, 1851
  • Lily House, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 1852
  • St George's Church, Edgbaston, 1855–57 chancel[9]
  • Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House, 1860 alterations[10]
  • Powell's Gun Shop, 35–37 Carrs Lane, Birmingham, 1861[11]

Personal life[edit]

Edge married Ellen Allerton (1810–1871), second daughter of Thomas Allarton of Lozells, Birmingham, on 30 October 1833 in Aston, Birmingham. Their children were:

  • Frances May Edge (1836–1920)
  • Ellen Edge (1843–1917)
  • Charles Allerton Edge (1844–1907) (also an architect)
  • Sarah Margaret Edge (1847–1898)
  • John Quarrendon Edge (b.1848)
  • Hall Travers Edge (1850–1915)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Charles Edge, Architect and Surveyor". Aris's Birmingham Gazette. England. 31 July 1826. Retrieved 5 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. ^ Colvin, Howard (1995). A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600–1840. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0300060912.
  3. ^ "Deaths". Birmingham Daily Gazette. England. 23 July 1867. Retrieved 5 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ Historic England, "5, Bennett's Hill B2, 1-4, Bennett's Hill B2 (1291195)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 February 2018
  5. ^ Historic England, "6, Bennett's Hill B2 (1343350)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 February 2018
  6. ^ Historic England, "Key Hill Cemetery (1001352)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 February 2018
  7. ^ Foster, Andy (2005). Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300107319.
  8. ^ Historic England, "Birmingham Botanical Gardens (1001200)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 February 2018
  9. ^ Historic England, "Anglican Church of St George (1211414)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 February 2018
  10. ^ Historic England, "Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House (1291262)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 February 2018
  11. ^ Historic England, "Former Powell's Gun Shop (1391876)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 February 2018