Henry Edwards (1820–1897)

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"Weymouth". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1882.

Sir Henry Edwards (1820 – 4 February 1897[1]) was a British Liberal Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis from 1867 until 1885, when Weymouth and Melcombe Regis ceased to be a parliamentary borough.

He made generous gifts to the town - ten cottage homes known as Edwards Avenue and 'Edwardsville' in Rodwell Avenue, all designed for elderly inhabitants of the borough. These properties are today under the banner of Weymouth Town Charities who run the Sir Henry Edwards and the Sir Samuel Mico Charities.[2]

The book The Rival Queens, written in 1880 by prominent Weymouth resident Joseph Drew, was dedicated to him.


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with W, part 3". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Weymouth Town Charities

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Gridley
Robert Brooks
Member of Parliament for Weymouth & Melcombe Regis
With: Robert Brooks to 1868
Charles J. T. Hambro 1868–1874
Sir Frederick Johnstone from 1874
Constituency abolished