1907–1991
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December 11, 1907, Wigan, Lancaster, England.

June 20, 1991, Petersfield, Hampshire, England.

Cremated at Chichester, West Sussex; interred at Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, where a memorial service was conducted in September 1991.

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Plaque in Salisbury Cathedral

Cyril was the son of Decimus Albert Gay Taylor (rector of Knaptoft 1915–33). His father lived at the rectory in Mowsley, which at the time was part of the parish of Knaptoft.

Cyril attended Christ Church, Oxford. He was ordained in the Church of England and became precentor of Bristol Cathedral, and later Salisbury Cathedral (1969–75). During World War II, he was the British Broadcasting Corporation’s producer of Religious Broadcasting and, while stationed in Abbot’s Leigh, he wrote the famous tune of same name. In 1953, when the Royal School of Church Music moved from Canterbury to Addington Place, he became its first Warden. For many years he served as a proprietor of Hymns Ancient & Modern, playing a major editorial role in compiling the two supplements and the New Standard Edition.

  1. Abbot’s Leigh
  2. Mowsley

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