© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
St John the Baptist, Bressingham (Norfolk)
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
Barrel organ by an unknown builder. Brass plate on case: ‘THIS ORGAN Was Presented to the Parish of Bressingham by Revd G.H. Bidwell [George Henry Clarke Bidwell] March 1st 1859.’ The organ is operated from the rear and blown by pedal independent of the barrel mechanism, so the barrel can be held in position for accompanying chant without loss of wind pressure. The grained softwood castellated case has three panels of gold painted dummy pipes backed with red cloth. Restored by W.A. Boggis in 1938, and later by John Budgen. Played by John Betjeman in A Passion for Churches, first broadcast in December 1974: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022ktzy Two green carriage-mounted barrels x 12 tunes corresponding with the handwritten tunelists pasted to the casework.
References: MacDermott (1948); Boston (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Elvin (1984); Turner (2002).
BARREL 1 GREEN
Tune
Metre
1.1
LM
1.2
SM
1.3
87.D
1.4
CM
1.5
LM
1.6
104th
1.7
CM
1.8
LM
1.9
CM
1.10
1.11
1.12
BARREL 2 GREEN
Tune
Metre
2.1
LM
2.2
SM
2.3
LM
2.4
87.87.D
2.5
LM
2.6
CM
2.7
CM
2.8
CM
2.9
CM
2.10
2.11
2.12
© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
St John the Baptist, Bressingham (Norfolk)
Barrel organ by an unknown builder. Brass plate on case: ‘THIS ORGAN Was Presented to the Parish of Bressingham by Revd G.H. Bidwell [George Henry Clarke Bidwell] March 1st 1859.’ The organ is operated from the rear and blown by pedal independent of the barrel mechanism, so the barrel can be held in position for accompanying chant without loss of wind pressure. The grained softwood castellated case has three panels of gold painted dummy pipes backed with red cloth. Restored by W.A. Boggis in 1938, and later by John Budgen. Played by John Betjeman in A Passion for Churches, first broadcast in December 1974: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022ktzy Two green carriage-mounted barrels x 12 tunes corresponding with the handwritten tunelists pasted to the casework.
References: MacDermott (1948); Boston (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Elvin (1984); Turner (2002).
BARREL 1 GREEN
Tune
Metre
1.1
LM
1.2
SM
1.3
87.D
1.4
CM
1.5
LM
1.6
104th
1.7
CM
1.8
LM
1.9
CM
1.10
1.11
1.12
BARREL 2 GREEN
Tune
Metre
2.1
LM
2.2
SM
2.3
LM
2.4
87.87.D
2.5
LM
2.6
CM
2.7
CM
2.8
CM
2.9
CM
2.10
2.11
2.12