I was confused by the strapline for The Story of My Village containing 1840-50, but now Tony has helpfully supplied Hewitson`s birth date, the time of writing is surely pushed back to at least the 1870s.
I see from NPOR that the Ingleton CoE church acquired an organ c. 1860, so likely there was scorning of the musicians in previous decades, to promote this purchase. Hewitson, being a capable journalist, could have been stimulated by this when he wrote on Ingleton.
I possess the History of Preston by Charles Hardwick published in 1857, which gives much information about organs and galleries in the town`s churches. Perhaps this made Hewitson believe that church music was a wanted ingredient for his own Our Country Churches (1869; 1872) and History of Preston (1883). But unfortunately I have neither of these books on hand.
Thanks for your response David Hewitson was publishing as late as the 1880s (sometimes under the pseudonym "Atticus") so his reminiscences are presumably of a 10 year period during his childhood in... more
Hewitson`s publication date David Welch,Sat Oct 1 11:45am