Accepted Widdop


Christened: Oc­to­ber 21, 1750, Ov­en­den, York­shire, Eng­land.

Died: March 9, 1801.

Buried: Il­ling­worth church­yard, Ha­li­fax, Eng­land.


Widdop was the son of Ab­ram Wid­dop and hus­band of Betty Airton (married 1770, in St. John the Bap­tist Church, Hal­i­fax). He was called Ac­cept­ed, the sto­ry goes, be­cause he was the se­venth and last child of a poor fa­mi­ly, but would still be accept­ed by name and na­ture.

He was a wool com­ber by trade.


He wrote ma­ny hymn tunes, which are still held in man­u­script in the area. Se­ver­al are in Houlds­worth’s Che­tham’s Psal­mo­dy, pub­lished through­out the 19th Cen­tu­ry in Hal­i­fax, and still com­mon­ly found in north­ern Eng­land, though no long­er re­gu­lar­ly used.



Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Wid­dop (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),