Historical Musicology: New Articles

From time to time this page will feature articles on newly identified findings relating to the musical scene in London during the latter half of the eighteenth century and the early years of the nineteenth century.

I would like these findings to be readily accessible to both academic colleagues and others with an interest in the field alike. For this reason I have decided to make the articles available for download as PDF files (subject to my copyright) via my website.

I hope readers will find the material reported informative and useful — and of course enjoyable! And I will be happy to receive feedback.

Article 1: 131 Cheapside: The Longman Connection
Article 2: 131 Cheapside: The Longman Connection: Postscript

Update: 6 November 2013

Articles 3 to 6 below are collated lists of wills and directory entries for musical instrument makers, offered here as a resource for scholars with an interest in this field.

Article 3: List of wills of pianoforte and musical instrument makers (not exclusive), identified by the author from the Index of Wills registered in The Prerogative Court of Canterbury:  1384 –12 January 1858 (series PROB 11) held at The National Archives, UK.

[Note: For an informative report of her extensive exploration of information drawn from musical instrument maker wills see:

Marie Kent Exposing the London Piano Industry Workforce, c1765-1914'. PhD thesis, London Metropolitan University, 2013]

Article 4: Directory entries for London Musical Instrument Makers in the years 1763, 1793 and 1794, identified by the author from Mortimer’s Universal Director, 1763; Wakefield’s Directory, 1793, and Kent’s Directory, 1794.

Article 5: List of wills of organ builders identified by the author from the Index of Wills registered in The Prerogative Court of Canterbury:  1384 –12 January 1858 (series PROB 11), held at The National Archives, UK.

Article 6: List of wills for music sellers identified by the author from The National Archives, UK Index of wills registered in The Prerogative Court of Canterbury:  1384 –12 January 1858 (series PROB 11).

Article 1: Margaret Debenham (2011). 131 Cheapside: The Longman Connection

The story recounted in this article is a sequel to that described in my co-authored paper with Professor George Bozarth, ‘Piano Wars: the Legal Machinations of London Pianoforte Makers, 1795–1806’ (2009).  The evidence I shall present provides new insights into the history of James Longman in his final years, in particular focusing on his relationship with John Longman of 131, Cheapside. I draw upon original court case documents, contemporary newspaper and magazine notices, directory entries and wills. An abstract of this paper is available.

The full article is available in PDF format via the link below:

131 Cheapside - The Longman Connection, 13 March 2011. Copyright © Margaret Debenham, 2011. Permission is granted to print or download one copy for the purposes of personal private research only. No further reproduction of any part of the material may be made without the express permission of the author.

Citation: Debenham, M. (2011). 131 Cheapside: The Longman Connection. Margaret Debenham: website publication (www.debenham.me.uk).


Article 2: Margaret Debenham (2012). 131 Cheapside: The Longman Connection: Postscript

This short paper presents a summary of information to supplement that discussed in Debenham (2011) 131 Cheapside: The Longman Connection. The sources reported include:

These newly identified records highlight connections between James Longman, his kinsman John Longman [of 131, Cheapside], Richard Hovill and Dr Joseph Barton of Berners Street.

The full article is available in PDF format via the link below:

131 Cheapside - The Longman Connection: Postscript, 03 May 2012. Copyright © Margaret Debenham, 2012. Permission is granted to print or download one copy for the purposes of personal private research only. No further reproduction of any part of the material may be made without the express permission of the author.

Citation: Debenham, M. (2012). 131 Cheapside: The Longman Connection: Postscript. Margaret Debenham: website publication (www.debenham.me.uk).

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