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Our short series of organs in Staffordshire churches continue this month as we reach Cannock. This historic church celebrated its 900th anniversary in 2015. Parts of the existing building date from the 12th century, although it was substantially rebuilt in the 14th century and enlarged in the 19th century to meet the needs of the growing local population due to the area's mining industry.
It is said that the present instrument replaced an organ that used to be carried across the road from the nearby Rising Sun Inn every Sunday morning for services!
The organ is largely the work of Norman & Beard, but probably incorporating parts of an earlier organ here by Lewis. Rushworth & Dreaper carried out tonal changes and additions in 1969 and 1985, and in 1989 the Pedal Organ was expanded with a Trombone 16ft, Principal and Fifteenth. This work also involved replacing the original tubular-pneumatic action of the Pedal Organ with solid state electric, but the pneumatic action was retained for the manual divisions.
From its open, elevated west-end location, the organ speaks boldly down the nave.