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John Smith of Market Lavington, Wiltshire
Three printed music books by John Smith of Market Lavington, Wiltshire (bound together into a single volume) are held by the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (WANHS) at their Library at Wiltshire Museum, Devizes, UK. Photographs of the volume were taken during a project to conserve and rebind it in 2015, part-funded by a grant from the West Gallery Music Association (WGMA). The individual publications are:

A Set of Services, Anthems & Psalm Tunes, pub.1746, can be found HERE
Contents: List of Subscribers, 4 Canticles, 8 Anthems, and 12 Psalms.

Book the Second, Containing Twelve Anthems and Twelve Psalm Tunes, pub.1751, can be found HERE
Also contains a list of subscribers.

Book the Third, Containing Twelve Anthems and Twelve Psalm Tunes, pub.1755, can be found HERE
Also contains a list of subscribers.

These can be downloaded in various formats including images of individual pages or as a PDF of each of the books.

Sample images:

Second book Third book


CD ROMs of West Gallery music books

These are high quality colour & monochrome scans (all at 300 dpi resolution), arranged as linked Adobe PDF documents. They can be viewed on any computer using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

The Psalmist's New Companion (Tenth Edition, c1765), compiled by Abraham Adams

190 pages of music in three and four part harmony, preceded by 16 pages of musical instruction. A new Commentary, Reference Tables & Errata Pages have been added and all pages are printable.

CD Cover Contents: Commentary, etc, An Introduction to the Grounds of Music (16 pages)
43 Psalm Tunes in Four Parts - Allford, Bere, Barton, Borough, Barrah, Bridgwater, Banstead, Crowley, Cranly, Cudham, Cookefield, Coulson, Croydon, Derby, Darking, Dorchester, Eynsford, Hadlow, Kemsing, Leatherhead, Lincoln, Litchet, Milton, Meestham, Otford, Orpington, Poole, Rygate, St James's, St Matthew's, Sevenoaks, St John's, Sandwich, Seal, Shoreham, Tunbridge, Uxbridge, Wareham, Wendover, Wrotham, Westerham, York, Yarmouth, Funeral Hymn.
23 Anthems - 17 in Four Parts and 6 in Three Parts - Including ones for: Ascension, Easter, Whitsunday, 5th November, 29th May, Christmas, Holy Sacrament, King's Accession, Weddings, Funerals and the "Churching of Women".

UK Price: £9.00 (including postage & packing). Outside UK: £10.00 (including airmail & packing).


A Kent Psalmody Manuscript (c1830s)

CD Cover 96 pages of music in three, four and five part harmony, preceded by 2 index pages. A new Commentary & Reference Tables have been added and all pages are printable.

There are 129 pieces of music, the vast majority being psalm tunes, with a few hymns, an anthem, a setting of the responses and a "Gospel chant". Several items cannot be traced to surviving published collections, and may be unique to this manuscript. The inclusion of responses and presence of instrumental "symphonies" in some of the pieces, suggest that it was compiled by the "quire" or gallery band of a town church or chapel, perhaps in Canterbury.

UK Price: £9.00 (including postage & packing). Outside UK: £10.00 (including airmail & packing).


Kendal's Book, 1791 - A West Gallery Tenor Part Book

CD Cover This small pocket book was compiled by one Robert Kendal, a singer in an English church "quire" at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. It contains both the musical notation and text for the tenor part of a great many pieces.

65 psalm tunes, 12 anthems, a "Sanctus by Mr Bird" and an Evening Hymn. Several items cannot be traced to surviving published collections, and may be unique to this manuscript. A new Commentary and Reference Tables have been added for this CD ROM release and all pages are printable. N.B: Music is Tenor line only.

UK Price: £7.50 (including postage & packing). Outside UK: £8.50 (including airmail & packing).


Payment Details:

UK: Cheque / Postal Order / Cash to:
N J Parkes, Conifers, Low Street, East Drayton, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0LN

Outside UK:
Payment is preferred via Paypal to my email address: nickparkes@btinternet.com

Any queries, please email me


The following CD ROMs might also be of interest:

A Tutor For The German Flute (c1824)

The Festival of Anacreon (c1820) - Glees.

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