DaveHarries Posted April 17, 2009 Share Posted April 17, 2009 Hi all, Have been in Wiltshire for some of the last couple of days. I was spending time in the area around the village of Chilmark. During my trip I photographed these two organs that I thought you all might be interested to look at. They are quite contrasting in appearance. The first one is the nice Bevington in Chilmark Parish Church. This organ was, according to the church guidebook, given by a local resident in 1848. It is by Bevington & Sons of London but was restored, according to the NPOR - there is nothing fixed to the organ clarifying this - in 1966 by George Osmond, Taunton. Note that the small Chair case has dummy pipes made of wood. I did get a go on this organ some years ago. Very nice instrument. http://churchorgans.fotopic.net/p57615422.html A sharp contrast can be found by looking at the organ of Teffont Evias. The village is located around 1 or 2 miles east (ie. towards Salisbury) of Chilmark. The NPOR says that this is an "Upton model" by "Scudamore". That sounds highly unlikely if you consider that, under an hour's drive from Teffont Evias, is a village called Upton Scudamore which is just the other side of the town of Warminster. As if to suggest that the NPOR's facts are mistaken a plaque attached to the case reads "Henry Willis, London". This organ has an open top which shows all the pipes. There is also a full pedalboard but, on account of the apparent lack of a 16ft Bourdon, it should be assumed that the manual stops - of which there are 4 - are permanently coupled to the pedals. The date of "1860s" that I have given is a guess. I think that there is a person on this forum connected with the Willis firm: I can't remember who the member is but is there any chance that he could look out the original date of Willis' installation of this organ and let me have it? I would be interested to know. http://churchorgans.fotopic.net/p57615427.html Any thoughts on these instruments? HTIOI, Dave Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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