Francis Duckworth

Francis Duckworth
Short Name: Francis Duckworth
Full Name: Duckworth, Francis, 1862-1941
Birth Year: 1862
Death Year: 1941

Born: De­cem­ber 25, 1862, Rim­ing­ton, York­shire, Eng­land.
Died: Au­gust 16, 1941, at his home Swan­side in Colne, Eng­land.
Buried: St. Ma­ry the Vir­gin Ang­li­can Church, Gis­burn, Lan­ca­shire. His grave­stone bears the mu­sic of Rim­ing­ton, and a plaque to his mem­o­ry was placed above the door­way to the for­mer Meth­od­ist Cha­pel in Stop­per Lane, Lan­ca­shire.

When Duck­worth was five years old, his fam­i­ly moved to the vil­lage of Stop­per Lane, near Rim­ing­ton. He had to leave school at age 12 to help in the fam­i­ly bus­i­ness. At age 20, he moved to Burn­ley, Lan­ca­shire, to work for a to­bac­co­nist cou­sin. Six years lat­er, he re­turned to live at Colne, and in 1899 took a gro­cery bus­i­ness in Mar­ket Street, Colne.

Duckworth had an ear­ly in­ter­est in mu­sic, but re­ceived on­ly three months of for­mal les­sons. Short­ly af­ter ar­riv­ing in Colne, he be­came de­pu­ty or­gan­ist (lat­er or­gan­ist) at the Al­bert Road Meth­od­ist Church, serv­ing un­til 1929. He com­posed nu­mer­ous hymn tunes, 18 of them ap­pear­ing in the Rim­ing­ton Hym­nal. His tune Rim­ing­ton was sung by a mas­sive con­gre­ga­tion of Bri­tish troops on the Mount of Ol­ives af­ter the sur­ren­der of Je­ru­sa­lem dur­ing World War I.

Tunes by Francis Duckworth (5)sort descendingAsInstancesIncipit
AUTUMN (Duckworth)Francis Duckworth (Composer)253333 32231 13533
DOWNHAMFrancis Duckworth (Composer)251546 55653 42312
RIMINGTONFrancis Duckworth (Composer)2232153 22133 65314
STOPPER LANEFrancis Duckworth (Composer)213335 32111 23134
SWANSIDEFrancis Duckworth (Composer)213565 34511 67652
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