By Gordon D.W. Curtis
William Sweetland used to be a bathtub organ builder who flourished from c.1847 to 1902 in which time he equipped approximately three hundred organs, often for church buildings and chapels in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire but additionally for destinations scattered south of a line from the Wirral to the Wash. Gordon Curtis locations this paintings of a provincial organ builder within the wider context of English musical existence within the latter 1/2 the 19th century. An introductory bankruptcy experiences the provincial musical scene and units the organ within the context of non secular worship, public concert events and household song making. This ebook relates the biographical information of Sweetland's relations and enterprise heritage utilizing fabric acquired from public and family members documents. Curtis surveys Sweetland's organ construction paintings ordinarily and a few of his most vital organs intimately, with patents and different innovations explored. The musical repertoire of the provinces, quite with reference to organ recitals, is mentioned, in addition to noting Sweetland's pals, different organ developers, architects and artists. the second one a part of the publication comprises a Gazeteer of all identified organs by means of Sweetland prepared through counties. every one access incorporates a brief historical past of the software and its current . on the grounds that there isn't any definitive released checklist of his paintings and as the entire workplace documents have been misplaced in a fireplace decades in the past this can be the closest method of a entire checklist for this builder.
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352–4. 5 1841 census, Bath district, Lansdown sub-district, HO 107/970 fol. 11/37 p. 24. 1 A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian England 36 operate large instruments with a light touch – if Barker had stayed a little longer in Bath and he and Sweetland had pooled their expertise and inventiveness. Organ building in the city at the start of the nineteenth century was carried on by John Holland (fl. 1796–1828), who is known from trade directories6 where he was described as a pianoforte and organ builder of 12 Argyle Buildings.
W. Miss Edith Allwright (tympanist & vocalist) Miss Le Moir (tympanist) P. O. directory (p. 743)m 1906 4 Cleveland Pl. W. A. Allwright (tympanist & vocalist) P. O. directory (p. 743 sic)m 1907–08 4 Cleveland Pl. W. 1909–10 4 Cleveland Pl. W. P. O. directory (1907, p. 803; 1908, p. 792)m Wm. le M. O. directory (1909, p. 807; 1910, p. 1 a Walcot St Swithin marriage registers, Bath CRO. p. 22. N. ), Bath annual directory (Bath: Charles Clark, 1850). c 1851 census, Bath district, Walcot sub-district.
41 This was written as part of a series on health resorts and their notable inhabitants and it is clear from the article that the information on Sweetland could only have come from the man himself. From internal evidence it appears that the material was gathered in 1895. Since the journal is not readily available the principal features of the article are noted here. Sweetland showed early promise of practical skills, particularly carpentry, no doubt encouraged by his father. At the age of four he made his first musical instrument, a May or Whit horn.