Havergal, William Henry, M.A, son of William Havergal, was born at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, 1793, and was educated at St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford (B.A. 1815, M.A. 1819). On taking Holy Orders he became in 1829 Rector of Astley, Worcestershire; in 1842, Rector of St. Nicholas, Worcester; and in 1860, Rector of Shareshill, near Wolverhampton. He was also Hon. Canon in Worcester Cathedral from 1845. He died April 18, 1870. His hymns, about 100 in all, were in many instances written for special services in his own church, and printed as leaflets. Several were included in W. Carus Wilson's Book of General Psalmody, 1840 (2nd ed., 1842); and in Metrical Psalms & Hymns for Singing in Churches, Worcester, Deighton, 1849, commonly known as the W… Go to person page >
How grand and how bright That wonderful night. W. H. Havergal. [Christmas Carol.] The words and music were written at Astley Rectory, in 1827, and published in Fireside Music, 1858. It was also printed as a carol leaflet and sold by hawkers throughout Worcestershire, where it attained great popularity. It is now known as The Worcestershire Carol. The words were included in Snepp’s Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)