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, in general 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 areas this paintings of a provincial organ builder within the wider context of English musical lifestyles within the latter half the 19th century. An introductory bankruptcy stories the provincial musical scene and units the organ within the context of spiritual worship, public concert events and household track making. This booklet relates the biographical info of Sweetland's relations and company historical past utilizing fabric got from public and relatives files. Curtis surveys Sweetland's organ construction paintings quite often and a few of his most crucial organs intimately, with patents and different innovations explored. The musical repertoire of the provinces, fairly in regards to organ recitals, is mentioned, in addition to noting Sweetland's neighbors, different organ developers, architects and artists. the second one a part of the publication involves a Gazeteer of all recognized organs through Sweetland prepared via counties. each one access incorporates a brief heritage of the software and its current situation. considering the fact that there isn't any definitive released record of his paintings and as the entire workplace files have been misplaced in a hearth decades in the past it will be the closest method of a entire checklist for this builder.
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Additional info for A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian England: William Sweetland of Bath
84, p. 29)q; P. O. directory (p. 700)m 1902 4 Cleveland Pl. W. A. Allwright (tympanist & vocalist) P. O. directory (p. 712)m 1903 4 Cleveland Pl. A. Allwright (tympanist & vocalist) P. O. directory (p. 731)m 1904 4 Cleveland Pl. W. Miss Edith Le Moir (tympanist & vocalist) P. O. directory (p. 740)m 1905 4 Cleveland Pl. 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.
10 NPOR ref. N05920. 11 NPOR ref. E01493.
Allwright came there to live. It would be about the middle of last July. He had seen Sweetland let himself into that house frequently with the key. – James Rossiter, bridge toll-keeper at Bath, said that he knew Ebenezer-cottage, where Mrs. Allwright formerly lived. Had frequently seen the respondent visit the house at all hours of the day. He would go in and out as he liked. – His Lordship said the evidence was not as clear as he could wish, but, taken with the respondent’s admission, he would make a decree for judicial separation, with costs.
A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian England: William Sweetland of Bath by Gordon D.W. Curtis