Worksop St Anne’s Restoration of 1852/79 Gray & Davison Organ

The organ was until recently in the United Reformed Chapel of St John’s, The Green, Buckley in Clwyd. It was moved there in 1902 from Grafton Square Congregational Chapel in Clapham. The organ was supplied to ‘Clapham Congregational Church’ in 1852 by the well known London organ builders, Gray & Davison. They rebuilt and enlarged it in 1879-80, altering the appearance. It seems to have remained unaltered in 1902. In 1947 Whiteley of Chester carried out repairs, and supplied a Tremulant, pneumatic action to the Pedals, a new pedalboard and a balanced Swell pedal.

In 1998-9 we have moved the organ and restored it. The organ uses the case front from the original organ in the 1913 Austin and Paley church at St Anne’s, which has an unaltered interior. The organ it replaces was a 1913 Brindley & Foster, made for the church, though unfortunately with pneumatic action and direct pallet chests which none of the firms asked to tender were prepared to restore. Only now, for the first time, will there be front pipes. The organ at Buckley had a simple piperack, though parts of the 1852 case survived inside the organ.

The organ fits the space exactly, apart from the pedal organ, which occupied a great deal of space at the sides. The original pedal chests have been used, but the opportunity of restoring the mechanical key action has also meant that these chests could be disposed to fit the new site. Otherwise, the organ has been restored in the state in which it was found.

The stop list is:

Great Size Swell Size Choir Size Pedal Size 
Double Diapason 8’ Lieblich Bourdon 8’ Dulciana 8’ Open Diapason 16’
Open Diapason 8’ Open Diapason 8’ Viol di Gamba 8’ Bourdon 16’
Small Open Diapason 8’ Keraulophon 8’ Claribel Flute 8’
Gamba 8’ Stop'd Diapason 8’ Suabe Flute 4’
Clarinet Flute 8’ Principal 4’ Flageolet 2’
Principal 4’ Fifteenth 2’ Clarionet tc 8’
Harmonic Flute 4’ Mixture II Voix Celestes tc 8’
Twelfth 2?’ Cornopean 8’
Fifteenth 2’ Oboe 8’
Mixture II Clarion 4’
Trumpet 8’ Tremulant

Couplers:

Swell to Great
Swell to Choir
Swell to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
Great to Pedal

key compass: manuals C – g³, pedals C – f¹
tuning: equal temperament
pitch: 448Hz
balanced swell pedal (1947, originally hitch-down)
3 Great, 3 Swell combination pedals