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LOCAL HISTORY - Making Music

A small but interesting collection of musical instruments includes examples from the most refined to the most earthy musical tastes. From the 18th century a fine Bressan Alto recorder would presumably never have accompanied a fiddle made from a horse's skull dating from the same century; those who have heard it will confirm that it sounds no better than it looks! In the 19th century, popular music was becoming available in pubs and alehouses with mechanical music makers such as the Polyphon made in 1898. Life before the jukebox was also well-served by a local man, Canon Wintle, Rector of Lawshall, who made splendid barrel organs and street pianos from 1923 until 1957.

The Recorder Home Page includes a page devoted to original instruments, drawings,plans, photos, etc.