ORGAN OF THE MONTH 84: June 2009

Our Lady & All Saints, Stourbridge
(Walker 1863, Cawston, 2000)

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The Roman Catholic church in Stourbridge town centre houses a two-manual that originated as a house organ in Weybridge built by J W Walker in 1863.  It was subsequently moved, unaltered, to Beecles Methodist Church in the early years of the 20th century, remaining there until the church closed in the 1970s, during which time it was renovated and probably increased in size by Bishop.  Between then and 1995, it was installed in the church of St Michael and All Angels, Skipton by the Leeds firm of Wood Wordsworth & Co.  It was subsequently removed by the Bradford Computer Organ Company (who had provided an electronic instrument for St Michael's), in the process destroying the frame and tracker action.

Although cost precluded the provision of a new mechanical action, the organ as rebuilt with a solid state logic system at Our Lady & All Saints preserves the original pipework, soundboards and bellows.



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