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organ 216

June 2020

3 manuals
39 speaking stops

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G M Holdich, 1878
Nicholson & Lord, 1903
J W Walker, 1961, 2007


Hinckley URC

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This instrument was originally built in 1867 for the Union Chapel, Islington to a design by H J Guantlett.  It was re-installed here on a west end gallery at a cost of £600 (equivalent to £75,000 today) after Union Chapel acquired its "Father" Willis (see April 2020's Organ of the Month).

In 1903, the Walsall-based firm of Nicholson & Lord moved the organ to its present position as the centre-piece at the east end of the church (see centre photo).
At this point, it appears to have lost one of its original two Great Mixtures and a Swell Echo Dulciana Cornet V: one hopes only because of limitations of space in its new location!

It acquired an Historic Organ Certificate in 1998 and the latest restoration by J W Walker included renewing the main reservoirs and restoring the manual key action.  It is voiced on a modest 2¾in wg pressure, but sounds well in this relatively small building.

You can hear a diffferent Holdich organ as June 2020's Music of the Month.
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