Edmund Minson Wavell


Edmund Minson Wavell JP was born in Newport, Isle of Wight [25th September 1807].

He became a law student [1823], and a solicitor [April 1830]. He moved to Halifax where he became an attorney [1833].

He was one of the subscribers to John Horner's book Buildings in the Town & Parish of Halifax [1835].

He had an office at Union Street, Halifax [1834].

People articled to Wavell included

He was an agent for the Phoenix & Protector Fire Offices [1836]

He and Johnson Atkinson Busfeild were involved in the formation of the Halifax, Bradford & Keighley Insurance Company [1846].

He was one of the original guarantors of the Yorkshire Penny Bank [1859].

He went into partnership with his son, Edmund, and Henry John Philbrick as Wavell, Philbrick, Foster & Wavell [1852] Recorded as Wavell & Company [1868].

He was the first president of the Halifax Law Society [1886].

He retired in 1896, being the oldest practising solicitor in the country at the time.

He was Halifax Town Clerk [1850, 1856] / Chairman of the Calder & Hebble Navigation Company [1886] / President of King Cross Constitutional Club

He read the loyal address when the Prince of Wales opened Halifax Town Hall in 1863

In [Q3] 1838, he married Mary Annie Browne.

Mary Anne was the daughter of George Buckstone Browne


  1. Mary Anne / Marianne [b 1840] who married [16th  October 1861] William Wakefield
  2. Edmund
  3. Sophia Elizabeth [b 1844]
  4. George Henry [b 1846]
  5. Frances Jane [b 1847]
  6. Louisa Tabitha [b 1848] who married [1887] Joseph  Warrall in Halifax

Sophia was a pupil at Calcloth Hall, Newton Heath, Manchester [1861].

The family lived at

He was buried at St Paul's Church, King Cross.

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1898

See Halifax Town Hall, St James's Club, Halifax, Wavell's Yard, Halifax, Wavell, Kerr & Kerr and Wavell, Son & Marshall

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