Edward Corbett

Place of Birth
Pendleton Salford

  • Born      20 December 1812 at Pendleton
  • Died       Thursday 27 May 1897 at Hazel Grove.
  • Burial     All Saints Church, Cheadle Hulme Monday 31 May 1897

Edward was the seventh [CHECK] child of Matthew Corbett (qv) and his third wife, Sarah (Spurr), and was born at Pendleton, Salford, on 20 December 1822. He was married on 19 September 1838 at the Friends Meeting House, Manchester. to Margaret Bentham the daughter of Christopher and Alice Bentham. She was born about 1815 and dhe died on 26 July 1892. Edward and Margaret had twelve children.

In his early days he took a considerable interest in local politics and was one of the Police Commissioners who governed Manchester under the Borough-reeve before the formation of the Manchester Corporation in 1837 and he took an active part in procuring the incorporation of the town. He was at that time an ardent advocate of temperance.

His chief occupation was that of surveyor and valuer. He was advisor to the Manchester Overseers in all questions of assessment valuations for a period of nearly fifty years; and conducted the negotiations for purchasing various ancient market rights, manorial mills and properties required for public improvements. As an architect he was responsible for the design of Barton Arcade and Barton House in Deansgate among others. However, these were mostly carried out in partnership, and his own abilities in this field must be open to debate.

Edward Corbett died at his residence, Torkington House Hazel Grove on the 27 May 1897 his funeral being held at All Saints Church, Cheadle Hulme on Monday 31 May.

Death Notice: Manchester City News Saturday 29 May 1897 Page 6
Death Notice: Manchester Guardian Saturday 29 May 1897 Page 11 Col 2

Obituary: Manchester Guardian Saturday 29 May 1897 Page
Obituary: Manchester City News 5 June 1897

1839    Edward Corbett 88, King Street Manchester, and 10 Fenwick Street Liverpool
1841    Edward Corbett. Architect, surveyor and general agent. 88 King Street (Slater's Directory)
1841    Manchester and Liverpool Plate Glass Company. 48 Pall Mall, Manchester Edward Corbett, agent
1846    Edward Corbett, sanitary engineer, architect and surveyor, 2  Princess Street, Manchester (Manchester Guardian 2 September 1846 page 1
1851    Edward Corbett. engineer, architect, surveyor and agent to the Scottish Equitable Life     Assurance Co. 4, Princess Street, Manchester (Slater's Directory)
1861    Corbett & Raby. Sanitary Engineers, architects, surveyors, valuers and arbitrators 7, Queens Chambers, Market Street, Manchester. (Slaters Directory)
1863    Edward Corbett (Corbett & Raby), Queens Chambers Market Street Manchester
1868    78 Cross Street, Greater Manchester, England (1868)
1871    Corbett & Raby. Cross Street Chambers (Slater's Directory)
1891    Edward Corbett, arbitrator etc. 9, Albert Square

1841    Strangeways Park (Slaters Directory)
1851    13, Crescent, Salford (Slaters Directory)
1855    Prestwich/Whitefield
1861    Edward Corbett, architect (Corbett & Raby) Besses-o’th’ Barn near Manchester. (Slaters )
1863    Edward Corbett (Corbett & Raby) residence: Higher Lane Pilkington (Slaters Directory) Edward Corbett is also included in the Directory under “miscellaneous” as an engineer
1871    Edward Corbett, architect (Corbett & Raby) and surveyor to the Overseers of Chorlton-on-Medlock. Residence “Riven Oak,” Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire
1881    Pump Lane Cheadle (Census return)
1891    Edward Corbett, architect, Grange Avenue, Levenshulme. (Slaters Directory)
1897    Torkington House, Hazel Grove (MCN 29 May 1897 - Death notice)

Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
North and South Wales Bank Derby Square Liverpool   Liverpool  Merseyside  England


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Corbett and Raby Architectural practice 1857 1874 Manchester
Corbett Sons and Brooke Architectural practice 1876 1881 Manchester
Corbett and Raby Architectural practice 1857 1874 Manchester