Hackney Wick Wesleyan Choir

circa 1900-1910

My great-grandfather, John Henry Nunn (1862-1936), was born in Shoreditch and he became the choir master of Hackney Wick’s Wesleyan Choir. This was how he met his wife (Frances Louise Ashworth, 1876-1961), as she was one of the choristers. John was a wallpaper designer by trade.

John can be seen in this photograph in the back row, second from the right. Frances is in the middle row, third from the right. 

Unfortunately I don’t know the names of the other people in the photograph.

His intermediate certificate from The Tonic Sol-Fa College, which he received in 1884, meant that John was “eligible for an advanced choir”. 

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  • My Grandafther Thomas Jarvis played the cornet in the Hackney Wick Wesleyan Band and was gifted an engraved KEATS Cornet in 1906.
    This cornet in its original case has been in my pocession since my brother died ten years ago and I have just had it overhauled by Packers of Taunton a fine wind instrument repairer and maker. The cornet is in fine working order with no repair needed in September 2021 after 115 years since manufacture and was referred to as a gem of an instrument by the repairer. (Keats is a famous victorian company which made bugles and other brass instruments and was the bugle supplier to the British and Indian Army.
    The Thomas Jarvis Cornet is now going to my son-in-law on the Ilse of Skye for a new history of playing to be added.
    I would like to be in contact with anyone who has connections to Hackney Wick Wesleyan Chapel or Casland Road Methodist Church where my Grandmother attended and my Mother Marion Ruth Jarvis played the piano fo a Sunday School which was 500 children strong.
    I can supply a photo of the inscription on the Cornet.

    By margaret Chambers (02/10/2021)

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