MusingMuso Posted November 22, 2007 Share Posted November 22, 2007 Linda Lucardy....ooops.....Lucinda Lambton (I was diverted by the baring of breasts), in that delightfully eccentric series on the TV, found quite a few organs in strange places. I believe one of them was in the Great Eastern Hotel in London, which if I recall, is near Paddington Station. When I lived in London, I would sometimes have to go to an office not far from Buckingham Palace, and en route, I would pass what I believe is the Jamaican Embassy. Peering through the windows and being nosey, as one tends to do when not better employed, I noticed that there was a pipe-organ inside. Then there are all those Masonic organs; which I've never really understood. Why do the Masons need organs, I wonder? Of course there are many organs in houses, and some houses built around organs: perhaps even an organ shed or two. There are pipe organs in pubs (the Plough Inn Gt Munden being one such, until recently....the Compton now in storage), at least one above a pub in Manchester. There are organs on board ships, and of course, organs in the middle of fairground rides, as can be heard at Blackpool. There are quite a few theatre organs in converted garages, and at least one Victorian terrace cellar near Manchester, where there is a Compton instrument. I even knew of an antiques warehouse with a large 3-manual instrument, consisting of various bits of old organs, including the bulk of a substantial Forster & Andrews instrument. Then there was Reginald Foort's "touring organ" which broke into parts, and could be transhipped by rail to various locations, before being assembled; except that British Rail had a habit of leaving parts of the organ in remote sidings and losing track of them, with disastrous consequences for the travelling road-show. Geroge Paxman also had a touring organ built by Harrison & Harrison, which I believe formed the basis for the organ that was put up for sale on e-bay, and which I think is still in a school in Durham. Then there are blow-up organs, inside blow-up churches which serve as wedding chapels, but they don't actually work. I'm looking forward to the day I finally retire, when I aim to place a model organ inside a bottle. If they can get the Cutty Sark in one, a 32ft front should be easy! Finally, an interesting fact.....both the Paxman organ and the Foort touring organ, both sat side-by-side for a while, in storage at the Queen's Hall, Harrogate, prior to being sold and removed by their new owners. I've actually been overtaken by an organ, pulled by an old Scammell tractor-unit, on the way to some fairground gig or other. Perhaps the most bizzare of all, is the somewhat decrepit "stalactite organ" in a cave in America, which has a conventional console, and soft hammers which strike the stalactites to create musical sounds. As for organs in department stores, the most famous is the Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia, but it is by no means alone. A similar sort of thing is to be found in the "Habitat Shop" on Rgent street, London. Do any of us know other examples? MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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