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Willis non-stretto (no overhang) keys and Willis short compass Swells


Bruce Buchanan

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Currently, I know of only one extant Willis, now in St Tanwg’s, Harlech, with non-stretto keys. St David’s, Newtown, Montgomeryshire had them before being rebuilt by Bishop. Gloucester Cathedral had them when pictured after the Willis work of 1844, but we do not know if they are Willis or earlier keys. About thirty years ago I examined an old Willis 2-manual organ in Hampshire not far off the road from London to Southampton. Maddeningly, I cannot remember where it was.

 

If anyone knows of existing or reliably reported early Willis instruments with non-stretto keys I shall be glad to know of them.

 

Likewise, I shall be glad to know of any extant Father Willis instrument with short compass Swell divisions or of reliable reports of such instruments. St Matthias, Stoke Newington (Dr Monk’s church) 1853, a 3-manual was surprisingly one such.

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Sutton, St Nicholas.  Yes, thank you for this, an interesting case. The job was evidently somewhat altered when moved to its present site, but the keys seem original Willis. The cheeks are the Willis pattern for non-stretto keys, similar to Hill's, but the Hill cheeks have a more complicated front. 

 

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On 13/08/2017 at 16:49, Jonathan Dods said:

Does this count?

 

http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N16895

 

Can't remember if the keys overhang and it's not clear from the picture. Most of the swell is TC.

Thanks for this suggestion, but the Swell soundboard here is full compass 54 notes and two of the ranks run to CC. The keys do overhang.

 

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On 15/08/2017 at 20:54, GrossGeigen said:

Have a look on the NPOR at St. Mary the Virgin, North Leigh, Oxfordshire D05033.

 

An 1861 Willis moved there by Bishop in the 1990's - there is a console photograph.

Thanks you for this one. I should have remembered it from my youth when I went tuning at Hawkhurst.

 

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