The East Leake 'Shawm' or vamping horn

Photo:The East Leake Shawm in 1910

The East Leake Shawm in 1910

 The 'Shawm' was a kind of trumpet used in church during choir services to 'vamp up' the singing.

The East Leake example is 7ft 9in long when extended, and 4ft 1in when closed. The bell has a diameter of 21 5/8 inches.

Guilford* says that up until about 1855 it was used within the church - as part of the church 'orchestra' - for the bass singer to 'vamp' through.

Pevsner (p.114) states that the only other examples in England are at Potter Hanworth and Willoughton in Lincolnshire, Braybrooke and harringtn in Northamptonshire, Charing in Kent, Ashurst in Sussex, and Haversham in Buckinghamshire.

 

 

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