Thomas Spofforth

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Board in the south transept of Southwell Minster recording the legacy of Thomas Spofforth

Thomas Spofforth, born 1743 and died on 16 May 1826, was an English Organist.



One of his pupils was his nephew, Samuel Spofforth who later became organist of Peterborough Cathedral and Lichfield Cathedral.

Peterborough Cathedral Church in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Peterborough Cathedral, properly the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew – also known as Saint Peter's Cathedral in the United Kingdom – is the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Peterborough, dedicated to Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew, whose statues look down from the three high gables of the famous West Front. Although it was founded in the Anglo-Saxon period, its architecture is mainly Norman, following a rebuilding in the 12th century. With Durham and Ely Cathedrals, it is one of the most important 12th-century buildings in England to have remained largely intact, despite extensions and restoration.

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On 11 November 1804 he opened the new organ by George Pike England in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent. [1]

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He was granted a pension from the minster in 1818 of £25 per annum. He died at Southwell in 1826 and is buried in the south transept of Southwell Minster.

Southwell Minster Church in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

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He was organist of Southwell Minster 1764 - 1818 [2]

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  1. "D06241 Version 3.1". National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR) . Reigate, United Kingdom: The British Institute of Organ Studies . Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  2. Cathedral Organists, John E. West, London, Novello and Company, 1899.