the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

associated pipes - double pipes

gallery - a randam selection of images

compiled by Frances
gallery contents

Double pipes, or two pipes played at the same time, are found in sculptures, paintings, stained glass, religious manuscripts and archaeology dating back into pre-history, right up to the present day. Sometimes the two pipes are exactly the same; other images show two slightly different shapes, one playing the tune and the other a drone pipe.

It is impossible to see the mouth-piece on some of these images: some may be duct flutes, others may have single or double reeds or be trumpets. If you have information on the mouth-piece of any of these instruments I would be grateful to know.

I have not included images where it is definately not a variety of duct-flute without keys. Around 1810 an English instrument maker, William Bainbridge, patented a keyed double flageolet which consisted of two English flageolets joined together so that the player could harmonise the tunes that s/he played. Flageolets are therefore not included here.

All images are copyright If you would like more information on unacknowledged sources contact the project manager.

13th century, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire
13th c. Hanwell, Oxfordshire
1225-50 manuscript, St Albans
double pipe and bells
information to follow
1300 England, manuscript
1320 Luttrel Psalter


1326 Holkham Bible


a pew end
1309-1349 Beverley Minster stone carving 1
1309-1349 Beverley Minster stone carving 2

Beverleystone carving 3 1309-1349 Beverley Minster

14th c Winchester Cathedral misericord
14th c Winchester Cathedral misericord 2 (copy)
1375-1404 Westminster Abbey wall painting
1495 manuscript, London
All Saints Church, Chevening, Suffolk
15th c. Elkestone Church Gloucestershire
1585 print, London
Van Dyke1620 painting
early 18th c Fairleigh Hungerford Church,
wood carving (poss. trumpets)
1783 satirical print, BM
1862 Selsey Church, Gloucs, stained glass

1864 porcelain vase, BM


1870 stained glass
1880-1915 wallpaper

All Saints, Cambs, stained glass

1880-1915 wallpaper
19th c drawing
1884 painting
20th c David Munrow
21st c classical flowerpot on pedestal, Surrey

Videos: 1.
2. - Tre Fontane, anon 14th century
3. - how to play the double whistle
4. - double flute of Rajasthan

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