WIDDOP, Accepted. b. Ovenden, West Yorkshire, 1750 (baptized 21 October); d. 9 March, 1801. Widdop was an amateur musician and composer strongly associated with Methodism in the Halifax area of West Yorkshire; he was baptised at Ovenden. Lightwood describes him as ‘a cloth worker by trade, and an amateur musician of considerable fame in his day’ (1938, p. 59). He seems to have spent his life around Halifax, principally in the small villages of Illingworth and Ovenden.
Many of his tunes are found in the manuscript collections preserved at Mount Zion Methodist Church, Ogden, near Halifax, some of which were formerly used at the Methodist chapel in nearby Illingworth Moor. A limited number...
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