March 28, 1845, Winchester, Hampshire, England.
February 13, 1917, Kensington District, Middlesex, England.
Wooldridge enrolled at the Royal Academy in 1865, becoming interested in early music at about the same time. He was studio assistant to Sir Edward Burne-Jones and later worked with Henry Holiday, chief designer for James Powell and Sons, stained glass makers. Wooldridge was retained by Powell’s and designed stained glass and tile paintings for more than 20 years. His church commissions included a reredos for St. Martin’s Church in Brighton, and the painting of frescoes in St John-at-Hampstead.
His growing authority on early music led to his 1895 appointment, succeeding John Ruskin, as Slade professor of Fine Arts at Oxford, a position he held until 1904. His main contributions to music literature are a new edition of William Chappell’s Popular Music of the Olden Time, which appeared under the title Old English Popular Music (1893) and The Polyphonic Period, parts I and II (volumes I & II of the Oxford History of Music, 1901–05). Wooldridge also edited the Yattendon Hymnal (1895–99) with his lifelong friend, Poet Laureate Robert Bridges, with whom he lived at one point at 50 Maddox Street in London.