Edward Woodall Naylor

One of the Naylor Singers, Richard Hedley, has researched the Naylor dynasty; John Naylor, Edward Woodall Naylor (son) and Bernard Naylor (grandson). The details presented here reflect the state of his research at 26.05.05 and are reproduced by his kind permission.


Bass lay clerk and singing man at Carlisle Cathedral, but for the most part earned a living as a shoemaker. Plus ça change.. . .

Children of James Naylor

(1)       JOHN NAYLOR

8.6.1838          Born Stanningley, nr Leeds. Chorister at Leeds Parish Church (under SS Wesley)

1855                Organist of St Mary’s, Scarborough

1864                John Naylor (“the young anglo-catholic musician”) sets up a robed choir at St Mary’s as a direct response to St Martin’s move to anglo-catholicism.  Naylor had “slowly infiltrated anthems and settings into matins at St Mary’s” (Revd Professor Christopher Crouch: Anglo Catholicism in Scarborough (www.st-martin-hill.freeserve.co.uk/dc2.htm)

5.2.1865          Mus Bac (Oxon)

26.12.1865      Married

1869                founded Scarborough Choral Union

1872                Mus.D (Oxon)

1873                Organist of All Saints, Scarborough (vicar was Revd Brown Borthwick)

1883                Organist of York Minster

1891                Sabbatical on grounds of ill health - visited Australia

7.4.1897          Resigned from York Minster on grounds of ill health

15.6.1897        Died at sea - buried at sea between Tenerife and the Cape

(2)       HANNAH (who married Thomas Hunt a tenor in the choir of St George’s Chapel Royal Windsor. They were the parents of Hubert Hunt, later organist of Bristol Cathedral)

(3)       FREDERICK  B. NAYLOR a chorister at Carlisle Cathedral and later an “accomplished organist”.  ?published “The Wandering Refugee” (1875)

Children of John Naylor

(1)       (HENRY) DARNLEY NAYLOR (MA Cantab) born 21.2.1872, died at Keswick 8.12.1945

- Educated St Peter’s School, York and Trinity College, Cambridge (1st class in classical tripos in 1894).  Went to Australia 1895.  Professor of Classics at Adelaide University. Returned to England 1927.  One daughter (1st mge) one son.

                        Strong interest in Australian Rules Football.


9.2.1867          Born 

1884                Starts Theology and Classics degree at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA 1887)

1888                Studies composition, organ and viola at Royal College of Music

1889                Organist of St Michael’s Chester Square (to 1896)

1891                Takes B.Mus degree at Cambridge

1896                Organist of St Mary Kilburn 1896 (to 1897)

1898                Takes D.Mus degree, Cambridge

1898                Organist of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, assistant master at the Leys School (in addition to position at Emmanuel)

1902                Lecturer in music at Emmanuel College

1920                Becomes honorary fellow of Emmanuel College

Jan 1934          Wife (Susan Maria) dies

7.5.1934          Died. Buried in Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge

(3)       CHARLES LEIGH NAYLOR (1869 - 22.11.1945 Harrogate), MA, B Mus (cantab)

- organist of St Peter’s Harrogate 1892-1902 and again 1917-1935.  In 1924 his salary was £200 pa.  Was musical advisor to and composed 50 tunes for the Methodist School Hymnal.  Composed psalm chants (including No.101 in RSCM Chant Book, 1981). Communion Service in D (1883), God that Madest Earth & Heaven (Novello 1896), Lead Kindly Light (Novello 1895), O Perfect Love (1902), Through the Day thy love has spared us (Novello1898), Will God in Very Deed dwell with men (Banks, 1926) We sing a song of Christmas-time (Sullivan, arr Naylor, Metzler 1909)

(4)       (one daughter)

Children of EW Naylor

(1) GUY DARNLEY NAYLOR (died 4.10.1984) Married Margot Naylor (died 22.9.1972, Times Obit 23.9.1972), noted writer.  Estate left £71,191

(2) BERNARD NAYLOR (1907-1986)

22.11.1907      Born (Cambridge)

1924                Studied composition at the Royal College of Music under Vaughan Williams, Holst, Ireland

1927                Organ Scholar at Exeter College, Oxford

1932                Moves to Canada

1936                Organist and Musical Director at Queen’s College Oxford

1940                Returns to Canada

1950                Moves back to England, Lecturer at Oxford University

1952                Lecturer Reading University

1959                Returns to Canada

1983                Dorothy (wife) dies

19.5.1986        Died (Bassenthwaite, Cumbria)

© Richard Hedley 2005