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Edward Alexander Wyon (1842; London – 1872; Hastings) was a London architect and poet, descended from the Wyon family of engravers. His only known building is St John the Evangelist Church in Hollington, Hastings in East Sussex.[1] His posthumous publication, A Memorial Volume of Poems (1874), continues to be reprinted in the 21st century. He died in Hastings prior to his thirtieth birthday.

Edward Alexander Wyon
Hastings, East Sussex
BuildingsSt John the Evangelist's Church
Hollington, Hastings, East Sussex



St John the Evangelist, Hollington
in 2014


His father was Edward William Wyon (1811–1885), a sculptor born in Christchurch, Surrey,[2] who belonged to the Wyon family of engravers and medallists.[1] Edward Alexander's grandfather was Thomas Wyon the elder (1792–1817), and his uncles were Thomas Wyon the younger, and Benjamin Wyon (1802–1858).[3] Edward Alexander's mother was Elizabeth Smyth,[4] (born St James's 1820; died Barnet 1890).[5][6] His parents were married in 1841, at Marylebone, London.[4]

Edward Alexander and his siblingsEdit

Edward Alexander Wyon was his parents' eldest son, born in Bloomsbury or St Pancras in the last quarter of 1842.[2][1][7] In 1851 he was eight years old and a scholar, living at 36 Stanhope Street, St Pancras, with his father, mother, sister Florence Elizabeth Riddel (born St Pancras 1850),[8] his brother Charles William John (1845–1856)[9][10] and general servant Mary Anderson.[11] In 1861 he, his parents, his sisters Florence and Jessie Mary Ann (born St Pancras 1855)[12] and a servant Susannah Tayler were at 221 Euston Road, St Pancras. At age eighteen he was already calling himself an architect.[2] In 1871 he was living with his mother at 70 Mornington Road, St Pancras, his two sisters and general servant Eliza Green;[5] his father lived next door.[1] He died in Hastings in the first quarter of 1872, aged 29 years.[1][13] He never married.

After his deathEdit

St John the Evangelist church around 1900, showing finial on tower

Edward Alexander Wyon is credited with the authorship of the posthumous book, A Memorial Volume of Poems (1874).[1] His sister Florence married in 1879 at Marylebone, to Reverend Charles James Goody (born 1835).[14] Their son, Charles Edward Goody (born 1881) and Edward Alexander's nephew, was an Oxford undergraduate in 1901.[15][16] His sister Jessie Mary Ann Wyon never married; she died about the same time as her mother in 1890 in Barnet, aged 35 years.[17]

Professional life and worksEdit

He practised from an office in Duke Street, London.[1][18] His only known work is St John the Evangelist Church, Hollington, constructed between 1865 and 1868 by engineer John Howell & Son[19] It is built with Bath Stone dressings; it has one aisle on the south side and a south-east tower.[20] There was a finial on the slimmer, round tower; removed in the 20th century. It was consecrated by Ashurst Gilbert, Bishop of Chichester, in April 1868.[21] This church is not listed.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Sussex Parish Churches". EA Wyon. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Census 1861: RG/9/102/138; p.37.
  3. ^ Forrer, Leonard (1900). Biographical dictionary of medallists : coin, gem, and sealengravers, mint-masters, &c., ancient and modern, with references to their works B.C. 500-A.D: vol.6. p. 47. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b GRO index: Marriage Edward William Wyon; Marylebone; Dec 1841; vol.1; p.170. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  5. ^ a b Census 1871: RG10/202; p.32.
  6. ^ GRO index: death; Elizabeth Wyon; age 70; Barnet; Sept 1890; vol.3a; p.131. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  7. ^ GRO index: birth; Edward Alexander Wyon; Dec 1842; Bloomsbury; Vol.1; p.54. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  8. ^ GRO index: birth; Florence Elizabeth Riddel Wyon; St Pancras; Kime 1850; vol.1; p.334. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  9. ^ GRO index: births; Charles William John Wyon; St Giles; Mar 1845; vol.1; p.60. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  10. ^ GRO index: death; Charles William John Wyon; Marylebone; Sept 1856; vol.1a; p.310. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  11. ^ Census 1851: HO/107/1493; p.7.
  12. ^ GRO index: birth; Jessie Mary Ann Wyon; St Pancras; June 1855; vol.1b; p.104. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  13. ^ GRO index:Death; Edward Alexander Wyon; Hastings; Mar 1872; Vol.2b; p.28. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ GRO index: Marriage; Florence Elizabeth Riddel Wyon; Mar 1879; Marylebone; vol.1a; 718. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  15. ^ Census 1901: RG13/1233/45; p.23.
  16. ^ GRO index: birth; Charles Edward Goody; Barnet; Dec 1881; vol.3a; p.206. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  17. ^ GRO index: death; Jessie Mary Ann Wyon age 35; Barnet; Sept 1890; vol.3a; p.130. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  18. ^ Adelphi (KD/L).
  19. ^ "Hastings Chronicle". Death of John Howell. 8 December 1893. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  20. ^ "Roughwood". St John the Evangelist, Hollington, St Leonards, East Sussex – 5th November 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  21. ^ "Hastings Chronicle". St Johns consecrated. 29 April 1868. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.


  • Forrer, Leonard, The Wyons (1917)
  • Wyon, Edward Alexander, A Memorial Volume of Poems by the Late Edward Alexander Wyon (1874) (2008, Kessinger Publishing) ISBN 1-4367-4052-5