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All Saints, Fleet

Colin Pykett

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The news today is that there has been a major fire which has destroyed the roof of All Saints church at Fleet, near Farnborough in Hampshire. There is (was?) a substantial two manual organ there, originally by Forster and Andrews and subsequently modified by F H Browne. The news report says "the main structure and brickwork remain intact", but in view of the total devastation of the roof as pictured in the report, one wonders whether the organ will have survived the presumed smoke and water damage.



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Very sad news: looks like it was a really lovely church.


BBC News now reports that a 16-year old teenager has now been charged with arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered.




In the bottom picture we see the organ sticking out from the arch just before the chancel arch. There is no sign of this in the top picture and, in consideration of that and the fact that daylight can be seen through the arch on the right, I suspect that the organ is, at best, badly damaged if not a total loss. :(



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