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EDWARD WEDLAKE BRAYLEY (1773-18J4)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 438 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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EDWARD WEDLAKE BRAYLEY (1773-18J4), English antiquary and topographer, was born at Lambeth, London, in 1773. He was apprenticed to the enamelling trade, but early developed literary tastes. He formed a close friendship with John Britton, which lasted for sixty-five years. They entered into a literary partnership, and after some small successes at song and play writing they became joint editors of The Beauties of England and Wales, themselves writing many of the volumes. Long after he had become famous as a topographer, Brayley continued his enamel work. In 1823 he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He died in London on the 23rd of September 18 J4. His other works include Sir Reginalde or the Black Tower (1803); Views in Suffolk, Norfolk and Northampton-shire, illustrative of works of Rob'. Bloomfield (18o6); Lambeth Palace (18o6); The History of the Abbey Church of Westminster (2 vols., 1818) ; Topographical Sketches of Brighthelmstone (1825); Historical and Descriptive Accounts of Theatres of London (1826); Londiniana (1829); History of Surrey (5 vols., 1841-1848).
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