Edward Ashworth (1814 – 1896) was an English artist and architect from Devon, England, considered to be the West Country's leading ecclesiastical architect. He was elected a member of the Exeter Diocesan Architectural Society in 1847.
He left Colleton in 1822 and later moved to London where he became a pupil of the architect Charles Fowler (1792-1867), born in Collumpton, Devon. During 1842-46 Ashworth travelled in New Zealand, Australia, Timor, Macau and Hong Kong during which time he kept diaries and sketchbooks. Following his return to England in 1846 he set up an architectural practice in Exeter, Devon. In later life he lived at Dix's Field in Exeter. He rebuilt or restored many churches in Devon, including:
- Cullompton, Devon (1849)
- Dulverton, Somerset (1852-5)
- Bideford, Devon (1859)
- Lympstone, Devon (1862)
- St Mary's, Bideford, Devon (1862-5)
- Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth, Devon (1863-4)
- St Mary Major, Exeter, Devon (1865), now demolished
- Topsham (1874)
- Milton Combe (1878)
- St Nicholas Church, Exeter (opposite St Nicholas Priory) (design of)
- St Michael and All Angels Church, Bude, Cornwall
- St Peter's Church, Tiverton, Devon
- North Molton
- Wynards Almshouses, Exeter (1863)
- Chinese Architecture (1851), with his illustrations
Paintings and drawings
Death and burial
He died on 8 March 1896 and left a substantial estate valued at £26,814, mainly invested in Railway stocks. He was buried in the newly created Higher Cemetery, Exeter, for which he had designed two lodges and one chapel. His ornate stone cross, made of pink stone, survives and was restored circa 2010.
- David Cornforth. "Cemeteries and Graves". Exeter Memories. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- Guide to the papers of Edward Ashworth (as filmed by the AJCP)
- See also: Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004
- "Edward Ashworth". Devon.gov.uk. 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 1 September 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
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- Bury, Richard M.B., History of Colleton Barton, 1993