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June 07, 2007

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FARNE digitises the Cocks' Collection

Clockwise from left - D. Laidlaw; W.A. Cocks; J. Robertson; G.V. Charlton; R.W. Clark. Ryton

W.A. Cocks not only collected and played pipes, but also made them. He helped to produce the first ever book of plans for making Northumbrian pipes and researched extensively into the history of the pipes in the region. His collection of pipes is now housed at Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, along with several volumes of photographs taken and collected by Cocks. The photographs, along with others held at Northumberland Record Office, act as a rare visual archive to the history of piping in the region and FARNE is working to make this archive available to all. The photographs date back to as early as the mid 19th century, although most were taken between 1920-1950, and show the piping greats such as Jack Armstrong, Joe Hutton and many more in their hey-day. - A fascinating collection.

Below: Northumbrian Pipers' Society Competition 1933 (From left) - Ellison; Archie Dagg; Mm. Blackett-Ord; W. Glendinning; Billy Pigg; Jack Armstrong


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