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Name: Edward Whyley

Burial Number: 0416

Gender: Male

Occupation: Deacon; Priest; Curate; Second Master; Head Master; Hon. Canon;

Born: 01/10/1827

Died: 02/07/1903

Buried: 04/07/1903


Edward was born in Dunstable, the son of Rev. Gregory Edward Whyley and his wife Jane. He was baptised at Dunstable on 31st October 1827. He was educated at Apsley School near Woburn.  In 1850, Edward gained a BA at Trinity College, Cambridge and was ordained a priest the following year. Between 1853 and 1860, he was Second Master at King’s School, Peterborough and then Headmaster of the school until 1875.  On 10th January 1861, Edward married Florence Gray at St John the Evangelist Church in Wembley. The couple had no children. From 1875 until 1892, Edward was Vicar of Easton Magna and Drayton in Leicestershire. In 1875, he was made an Honorary Canon of Peterborough Cathedral. When Edward retired, he and Florence moved to Worthing, living at “Wembley” in Downview Road. Edward died on 2nd July 1903. Probate was granted on 2nd March 1904 to Florence Whyley widow and Mark Whyley solicitor (brother). Effects £1741 12 s 2d (approx £136K in 2020).

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

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Rev. Edward Bower Whyley M.A. Hon. Canon of Peterborough at rest July 2nd 1903 aged 75 years "When I wake up after Thy likeness I shall be satisfied. Perfect through suffering" "In their death they were not divided" At Rest Feb. 20th 1912 aged 74 Florence his widow "Those whom God hath joined together"

Further Information


Name: Edward Bower Whyley

Gender: Male

Born: 01/10/1827

Town: Dunstable

County: Bedfordshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 10/1/1861

Spouse First Name: Florence

Spouse Last Name: Gray

Town of Marriage: Wembley

County of Marriage: Middlesex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 02/07/1903

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Wembley

Address line 3: Downview Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 8th July 1903

“Death of Canon Whyley”

We regret to announce the death on Tuesday at his residence Wembley in Downview Road of the Rev. Canon Edward Bower Whyley, in his seventy-fifth year. The deceased, who has lived here quietly for some time past , was not very extensively known but in other quarters he has earned distinction. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1850 winning a University Scholarship and the Tyrrwhitt Hebrew Prize, and was ordained deacon and priest in 1851 by Dr Turton, Bishop of Ely. He was first licensed to the Curacy of Cottenham near Cambridge but removed to Oakington in the same year. In 1860, he was appointed Headmaster of King’s School, Peterborough after occupying the position of Second Master for seven years; and in this position, he was very intimate with Bishop Magee and his family. In 1874, he was nominated to the Vicarage of Bringhurst with Easton Magna and Drayton, Leicestershire, which benefice he resigned in 1892. As evidence of the esteem in which he was there held, it may be mentioned that a wreath was sent which was subscribed for by nearly the whole of the parishioners. In 1875, Bishop Magee gave him an Honorary Canonery in Peterborough Cathedral, which he held up to the time of his death. Canon Whyley was a musician of considerable ability, both as a performer and composer. He was the possessor of a singularly pleasant voice, and Archbishop Benson in a letter which appears in his biography, mentions that Canon Whyley was with them on a certain occasion and sang to them all kinds of songs gay and grave.

The funeral took place on Saturday, the first portion of the service, which was choral, being held in St Botolph’s Church. This was taken by the Rev. J P Fallowes in accordance with the wish of the widow, and he was assisted by the Rev. F C Bland. The interment took place in the parish graveyard, the mourners including several members of the family.  The arrangements were entrusted to Messrs Patching and Co, a simple elm coffin being supplied with a cross on the lid and bearing the inscription “Edward Bower Whyley Priest, born October 1st 1827, fell asleep July 2nd 1903”.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £1741 12 s 2 d

Current value of effects: £136000.00

Census Information


Apsley Guise, Bedfordshire: Edward aged 13, boarder, pupil at school.


High Street, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire: Edward aged 23, lodger, curate in the house of Sarah Norman, widow, butcher


Alwalton, Huntingdonshire: Edward aged 33, headmaster. Florence aged 23, visiting their brother-in-law Edward Gray


King’s School, Minster Precincts, Peterborough: Edward aged 43, Clerk in Holy Orders, Schoolmaster, Florence aged 33.


The Vicarage, Great Easton, Leicestershire: Edward aged 53, Clerk in Holy Orders. Florence aged 43. Plus 2 visitors and 2 servants


The Vicarage, Great Easton, Leicestershire: Edward aged 63, Clerk in Holy Orders, Florence aged 53. Plus 2 servants


” Wembley”, Downview Road, Worthing: Edward aged 73, Clergyman Church of England, Florence aged 63. Plus 3 servants, one of which is a nurse.

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