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I have recently seen reference to an eighteenth century organ on the gallery of the private chapel at Stoneleigh Abbey the 'stately home' in Warwickshire. There is also a photo in a book I was able to consult briefly about houses with private chapels in the Midlands. The only reference to a builder I can find is Crang & Hancock - does anyone have information and stoplist please?

 

Thanks

A

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There is a description of the Chapel and the Communion table here:

 

http://austenonly.com/2012/01/22/stoneleigh-abbeys-chapel-and-communion-table/

 

And a picture of the organ in the gallery here:

 

http://www.courtauldprints.com/image/165895/smith-francis-stoneleigh-abbey-chapel

 

A close up of the organ here:

 

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3734/11815799253_65e4125449_z.jpg

 

but I'm afraid that's all I can find! Nothing on NPOR.

 

Perhaps one of our Coventry or Warwick members can help.

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'The Chamber Organ in Britain 1600-1830' 2001 edition (revising his earlier work) by Michael I Wilson credits the organ to 'Crang 1761 Londini' (p131-132). Case based on a design by William Kent. OD, SD, Dul, Fl, Flute Bass, 15th. possible shifting movement.

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The venue is quite an attraction in the area and according to an online review the organ is played to visitors by a member of staff. It might be worth having a look at the Abbey's website and giving them a call or email asking for details.

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Maybe Sue & I will go there for a day out sometime - depends on the addmission charge & what else there is to see.

 

Every Blessing

 

Tony

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