Cyril Taylor (1907-1991) composed the hymn tune ABBOT’S LEIGH while he was stationed in Bristol during World War II. Taylor was the head of the BBC’s religious broadcasting department. He named the tune after the village of Abbot’s Leigh, which lies west of the city of Bristol.
The tune was written for the words of John Newton’s hymn ‘Glorious things of thee are spoken’. Until Taylor wrote ABBOT’S LEIGH Newton’s words were mostly sung to AUSTRIA – the tune now recognised as that of the German national anthem.
The hymn tune ABBOT’S LEIGH played on the Snetzler Organ in the New Room Chapel, Bristol