Francis Duckworth

DUCKWORTH, Francis. b. Rimington, Yorkshire, 25 December 1862; d. Colne, Lancashire, 16 August 1941. He was the son of a grocer; after leaving school at the age of 12 Francis worked as an assistant in a tobacconist’s shop, before moving to Colne in 1882 to work for his brother Joshua in a printing business. He later became a successful grocer. He was a chapel organist in the Wesleyan Methodist church for over fifty years, first at Stopper Lane chapel, near Rimington, and then at Albert Road Chapel, Colne. He published 18 Original Hymn Tunes, All set to well-known Hymns, and sung in every clime, probably ca. 1904/05 (it had reached an 18th Edition by 1924). Four of these tunes were included...

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