Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edward John May
Designation: Architect
Born: 1853
Died: 16 March 1941
Bio Notes: Edward John May was born a Roman Catholic in 1853 and articled to Decimus Burton in May 1869. He was Burton's last pupil. Thereafter he was in the offices of Burton's nephew Henry Marley Burton, Robert Edgar, Charles Henry Money Mileham and Kennedy; Robert Jewell Withers; William Eden Nesfield and Richard Norman Shaw, c.1876; and finally Robert William Edis. During these years he studied at the Architectural Association and the Royal Academy Schools and won the Pugin studentship in 1876. He commenced independent practice in Bedford Park, London, in 1879 and was architect to that estate. He was admitted ARIBA on 23 May 1881, his proposers being Ernest Claude Lee, Edward Gorge Hayes, Walter Hilton Nash and Richard Charles Page, and became FRIBA on 31 January 1887, his proposers being Aston Webb, Edward Blakeway I'Anson. He resigned on a matter of principle in 1892 but was reinstated on 8 January 1906, his proposers being John Belcher, Webb and Sir John Taylor. He joined the Art Workers Guild in 1888.

Despite his Catholicism, May was architect to the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society and to the Governesses' Benevolent Institution. He died on 16 March 1941.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 46, Queen Anne's Grove, Bedford Park, London, EnglandBusiness18791882 
Item 2 of 414, Hart Street, Bloomsbury, London, EnglandBusiness1883 *  
Item 3 of 421, Hart Street, Bloomsbury, London, EnglandBusiness1884After 1923Building number appears as 91 in some sources, but this appears to be an error
Item 4 of 4Lyneham, Chislehurst, Kent, EnglandPrivate(?)Before 1906After 1914 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Henry Marley Burton1869Before 1873Assistant 
Item 2 of 7Decimus BurtonMay 18691869Apprentice 
Item 3 of 7Robert EdgarAfter 1869Before 1873Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Charles Henry Money Mileham & KennedyAfter 1869Before 1876Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Robert Jewell WithersAfter 1869Before 1876Assistant 
Item 6 of 7(Sir) Robert William EdisAfter 18761879Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Nesfield & Shawc. 1876Before 1879Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Sydney Tugwell18851889Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Sydney Decimus Kitson18931895Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4John James JoassOctober 18941895 or 1896Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Cedric Gurney Ripley19111913Apprentice 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Sydney Decimus Kitson3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 2 of 2Robert Baillie Pratt12 January 1891for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 11893Jardine Hall  DumfriesshireScotlandReconstruction and probably Fourmerkland Lodge


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Beauty's Awakening Beauty's Awakening: The Centenary Exhibition of the Art Workers' Guild Brighton Museum September -November 1984, Royal Pavilion Brighton 
Item 2 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914