He was born at Masborough, Rotherham and by the age of 11 was playing the organ at the local WM chapel. He also played the violin and double-bass. As a student at Westminster College he was college organist. He taught at Ellesmere Wesleyan School, Sheffield 1878-1884 and at Woodhouse Grove 1884-1912. He edited the Woodhouse Grove Song Book. He served on the music committee for the WM Hymn Book (1904), which included five of his tunes. 'Noricum' (HP 791; SF 102) was originally set to 'Christ whose glory fills the skies'; later to 'Light and life and joy are found' and (in the 1933 hymn book) to 'For the beauty of the earth'. He died at Bradford on 18 January 1922.