the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

UK history: associated pipes -

double pipes

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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.

Scotland9th/10th century
Lethenby Castle
10th century Ireland10th centuryClonmacnoise, Ireland;
forerunner of the bagpipe?
10th century England10th century England 1170 triple pipes1170 England  
1190-12001190-1200 North Midlands    

late medievallate medieval double pipes in Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

13th century, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire

1225-50 manuscript, St Albans

c.1200 Englandc.1200 north England folio 32r

double pipe with bells, Oxfordshire 1275-1300 York1275-1300 York 13v pew end
12591259 East Anglia, manuscript band1259 the band
1300 England, manuscript 1301 - 13501301-1350 Salisbury Winchester CathedralThe art journal London, Volume 1, pg 201
1863 has this drawing from
Winchester Cathedral
1310-20 Westminster, London 193v double pipes1310-20 Westminster, London 126r

1320 Luttrell Psalter


1326 Holkham Bible

13271327 London 31r 13271327 London 18v
13301340 London
1330around 1320-1330, Bible, London 1340 Hanwell1340 Hanwell, Oxfordshire
stone carving
13401340 London, Smithfield Decretals
Heckington, Lincolnshireearly 14th century Heckington, Lincolnshire 1309-1349 Beverley Minster
stone carving 1
1309-1349 Beverley Minster
stone carving 2
Beverley1309-1349 Beverley Minster
stone carving 3
manuscript Psalter
manuscript Psalter 2
14th c Winchester Cathedral misericord 14th c Winchester Cathedral misericord 2 (copy S28))
14th century14th century keystone, Winchester Cathedral 1375-1404 Westminster Abbey wall painting
1380 Arundel Castle1380 Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle
West Sussex
possibly 14th centurypossibly 14thc Pinchbeck St Mary’s Church, Lincolnshire; stained glass  
1495,manuscript London All Saints Church, Chevening, Suffolk, pew end 15th c. Elkestone Church Gloucestershire
1451 Lincolnshire1451 Stamford, Lincolnshire 15th century15th century Oxford (poss) 1470 chair misericordc.1470 Scotland, chair misericord, double pipes or horns
15th century15th century Oxford extant double pipes
15th century Late 15th century Suffolk 1585 print, London Van Dyke1620 painting
Late 15th century Southwold, Suffolk,carved wood church benchend
between 15th and 20th centurybetween 15th and 20th century, St Peter Mancroft,
early 18th c Fairleigh Hungerford Church,
wood carving (poss. trumpets)
1765 classical1765 - classical pose, print
19th century Scotland19th century Dean Castle, East Ayrshire, Scotland
1783 satirical print, BM 17861786 satire Edinburgh, Scotland
In the 19th/20th century artists looked back to classical Greek times for their inspiration: 1862 Selsey Church, Gloucs, stained glass 1864 porcelain vase, British Museum  
1867 Norfolk stained glass1867 Old Hunstanton, Norfolk 1870 stained glass 18711871 Studley Royal
1874 Bournemouth1874 Bournemouth, Dorset
19th centurysecond half of the 19th century: sketch for stained glass    
1880-1915 wallpaper All Saints, Cambs, stained glass playerlead garden figure Victoriandrawing by Frederic
Lord Leighton 
1884 painting 19th c drawing c British Museum
1890 stained glass,-on-Thames Henley1890 Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
18941894 London, design book illustration
19141914 postcard
20th c David Munrow
  21st century21st century at Taborers Society
21st c classical flowerpot on pedestal, Surrey


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