The Organ

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Early History - 1977-2003 - 2003 Onwards - Organists - Methodist Chapel

Early Years

Sadly, nothing is known of the first organ built in 1837 although it is believed to have been in the gallery. The second organ of 1875 was Hill's Opus 1571. It was probably supplied initially with a single manual and pedal in a pitch pine case costing £200 and was probably brought into use during November 1875.

Manual
 
Pedal
 
Open Diapason 8 Bourdon 16
Dulciana 8
 
 
Hohl Flute 8
 
 
Principal 4
 
 
Fifteenth 2
 
 
Oboe  8
 
 

It had mechanical action and the manual pipework was enclosed.

In 1882, Hill added a four stop Swell and transferred the swellbox from the Great to house it. The Swell stops were: Gamba, Rohr Flute, Gemshorn, Oboe (from Great). The notes of the bottom octave were coupled to the Hohl Flute and a Swell to Great coupler was provided. On the Great, a Wald Flute 4 replaced the Oboe. Total cost was £95.

In 1911, Liddiat - a local builder - installed a three manual instrument with tubular pneumatic key and stop action. There was a detached console with a concave parallel pedalboard with a 30 note compass from C to f1. The manual compass was 56 notes from C to g3.

The specification was as follows:

Pedal
 
Choir
 
Large Bourdon 16 Small Open Diapason 8
Lieblich Bourdon (Swell) 16 Viol da Gamba 8
Bass Flute (Ext) 8 Wald Flute 4
 
 
Cremona 8
Swell
 
Great
 
Lieblich Bourdon 16 Open Diapason 8
Rohr Flute 8 Hohl Flute 8
Gamba 8 Dulciana 8
Celeste 8 Principal 4
Gemshorn 4 Fifteenth 2
Oboe 8    
Octave Coupler      

Swell to Great  
Swell to Choir  
Swell to Pedal  
Choir to Great  
Choir to Pedal  
Great to Pedal

Blowing: electric

Lever pedal; 3 pistons Great, 3 Swell

The Cremona was subsequently displaced by a Trompette, possibly by Osmond, in 1962.

[Thanks are due to Roy Williamson for much of the above data]

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