1862-1941
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December 25, 1862, Rimington, Yorkshire, England.

August 16, 1941, at his home Swanside in Colne, England.

St. Mary the Virgin Church, Gisburn, Lancashire. His gravestone bears the music of Rimington, and a plaque to his memory was placed above the doorway to the former Methodist Chapel in Stopper Lane, Lancashire.

When Duckworth was five years old, his family moved to the village of Stopper Lane, near Rimington. He had to leave school at age 12 to help in the family business. At age 20, he moved to Burnley, Lancashire, to work for a tobacconist cousin. Six years later, he returned to live at Colne, and in 1899 took a grocery business in Market Street, Colne.

Duckworth had an early interest in music, but received only three months of formal lessons. Shortly after arriving in Colne, he became deputy organist (later organist) at the Albert Road Methodist Church, serving until 1929. He composed numerous hymn tunes, 18 of them appearing in the Rimington Hymnal. His tune Rimington was sung by a massive congregation of British troops on the Mount of Olives after the surrender of Jerusalem during World War I.

  1. Rimington
  2. Swanside

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