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Liverpool Waites

As quoted in Christopher Marsh's book, "Music and Society in Early Modern England"

(Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN 1107610249, 9781107610248.)

LIVERPOOL 1580s: The solitary bagpiper wait started at 4am, the time of the end of the night-time curfew. He received no salary but had permission "to receyve the reward of the townespeople".



Liverpool Waites

On 10th January the IGTP received this information by email from John Dyer:

I'm doing some family history and came across the following from Liverpool. As I was researching the last quarter of the Eighteenth Century (1775-1800) I discovered this quotation from Richard Brook, Liverpool, 1853:

A band of music, of which a person named Langhorne, of Cook Street, was the master, was, either wholly or in part, paid for by the Corporation of Liverpool, and was called "The Waits"; and the performers in it, besides their other performances, occasionally perambulated the town, on Christmas Eve, and enlivened it with music; they also were in the habit of going to the houses of masters of vessels, on the day after that of their arrival in port, and playing before their door, by way of welcoming them home.



The following entry of a payment respecting the Waits appears in the ledger of the Corporation in 1775:

The Waits, 1775, March 31. To cash paid them for 1 year's salary £24 0s. 0d.



In 1174, John Langhorne (born about 1741) is listed in Gore's Liverpool Directory as living at 6, Cook Street, and at the baptisms of his children between 1767 and 1790, he is said to be a musician. His son William, born 18 June 1769, is also shown as a musician in 1788 and 1796 and at his death in 1828.



1748, 24th October

Press report in "Some glimpses of Liverpool during the first half of the eighteenth century" by Wardle

Agreeable to a Meeting held in the Exchange on the 16th Instant notice was given to ye Sunbscribers in particular also publick notice by the Bell Man at Exchange hours yeasterday and this day that ther first Corner Stone would be laid this afternoon at four o'Clock and accordingly the Mayor and several of the Aldermen Common Council Commissioners Subscribers and other Gentlemen of the Town mett at ye Exchange and at four o-Clock walk'd in procession to the foundation, the Town's Musick, Halbert Men, Constables, Sub-Baliffs, Water Baliff, Sword and Mace leading the Van.



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