Our Organ

The chapel’s organ was installed in 1802: our neighbour St George Colegate also bought one in that year.

The organ was orginally built by Michael Crotch, brother of William Crotch, the composer and Professor of Music at Oxford. It was bought from a Mr H Dickens for £40; installation cost a further £33.12.0d. It may contain pipework by Renatus Harris. If so, then it was originally built between 1660 and 1743. It had two divisions, with the following stop-list:

Choir Great

Stop Diapason
8 Open Diapason I 8

8 Open Diapason II8

4 Stop Diapason 8
Stopped Flute8 Principal 4
Twelfth 2 3/4
Fifteenth 2
Sesquialter [sic]

The organ was repaired by Norman & Beard in 1889, and in 1899 it was rebuilt by them. Several of the Harris pipes were replaced; the case enlarged to hold the new pedal division.

The rebuilt organ had the following stop-list, which is still current:

Pedal (CCC to F, 30 notes) Great (CC to a1, 58 notes)
Open Diapason 16Open Diapason I 8
Bourdon 16 Open Diapason II8
Principal 8 Wald Flute 8
Dulciana 8
Principal 4
Swell (CC to a1, 58 notes) Flute4
Bourdon 16 Twelfth 3 sic; it is actually 2⅔.
Open Diapason 8 Fifteenth 2
Rohr Flute 8
Trumpet 8
Salcional 8 Clarinet 8
Voix Celeste 8
Principal 4
Piccolo 2
Horn 8
Oboe 8
Couplers, etc
Swell to Pedal; Great to Pedal; Swell to Great; Swell Octave.
Three composition pedals to each manual.
Reversible pedal Great to Pedal.
Hitch-down swell pedal.
The pedal-board is straight and concave.

The organ was overhauled in 2002 by Clive Sidney, when the manual tracker action and pedal pneumatic action were restored. The Trumpet stop, which was ‘prepared for’ in 1899 and never installed, was added at this time. An electric blower was installed at some point in the twentieth century.

Notes by Dr Nick Groves