by Gary Tollerfield
For me, part of the enjoyment of belonging
to the KCOA is to visit an unknown church for the first time. So
often beautiful architecture, stained glass, joinery and
monuments will excite interest, as the history of the building
begins to unfold. Frequently, the organ will also be a surprise,
as was the case (pun intended!) at
We were to find a Victorian pipe rack case of high quality, with three towers. The centre tower has gothic gables and all three are surmounted with crowns. The case pipes are stencilled throughout their length and the carved angels are a status addition.
The review of our
meeting in the August 2003 Journal states that the organ was
exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition, and installed at St John
Hove before being brought to
The case is possibly as early as 1830, and could it be that the organ was taken out of The Pavilion when sold, overhauled and exhibited in 1851, to be re-sold to St John Hove? An unlikely story I hear you say.
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