Guide

About Hymns Ancient & Modern

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- The history and traditions

 

In 1858, two clergymen were in conversation during a journey on the old Great Western Railway and concluded that the Church of England needed a corporate hymn book, moulded from the various small high church collections available. One of them, Francis Murray, enlisted the help of Sir Henry Baker and, before long, in 1861 the first edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern was published by a committee, called the Proprietors, chaired by Sir Henry.The first music editor was William Monk who was said to have coined the phrase 'Ancient and Modern'.