© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
St Bartholomew, Brightwell Baldwin (Oxfordshire)
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
Barrel organ, the engraved keyframe reads: ‘Joseph Walker, Maker, London, 1843’. Possibly secondhand from Watlington. The organ is located at the west end of the north aisle. It is operated from the rear and blown by pedal – it can be operated by one person. The oak Gothic case has three panels of gold painted dummy pipes backed with cloth. Restored in 1963 by R.H. Walker & Son, Chesham. Three green carriage-mounted barrels x 10 tunes including two slightly different versions of ‘Sicilian Mariners’. The handwritten tunelists for barrels 1 & 2, pasted to the casework, are now illegible. There is no tunelist for the third barrel, so it may have been a later addition.
References: Country Life (15 Aug. 1903), p. 255; K.V. Carter, ‘Church Barrel Organs’, The Sunday Times (13 Aug. 1939); MacDermott (1948); Boston (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Letter, The Times (13 Jan. 1988); NPOR N01037.
BARREL 1 GREEN
Tune
Metre
1.1
LM
1.2
LM
1.3
LM
1.4
CM
1.5
CM
1.6
LM
1.7
LM
1.8
SM
1.9
LM
1.10
BARREL 2 GREEN
Tune
Metre
2.1
LM
2.2
LM
2.3
CM
2.4
CM
2.5
CM
2.6
113th
2.7
87.D
2.8
104th
2.9
77.77.77.
2.10
BARREL 3 GREEN
Tune
Metre
3.1
87.87.D
3.2
77.77.77.
3.3
148th
3.4
87.87.47.
3.5
87.887.
3.6
77.77.
3.7
77.77.
3.8
87.D
3.9
77.77.D
3.10
© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
St Bartholomew, Brightwell Baldwin (Oxfordshire)
Barrel organ, the engraved keyframe reads: ‘Joseph Walker, Maker, London, 1843’. Possibly secondhand from Watlington. The organ is located at the west end of the north aisle. It is operated from the rear and blown by pedal – it can be operated by one person. The oak Gothic case has three panels of gold painted dummy pipes backed with cloth. Restored in 1963 by R.H. Walker & Son, Chesham. Three green carriage-mounted barrels x 10 tunes including two slightly different versions of ‘Sicilian Mariners’. The handwritten tunelists for barrels 1 & 2, pasted to the casework, are now illegible. There is no tunelist for the third barrel, so it may have been a later addition.
References: Country Life (15 Aug. 1903), p. 255; K.V. Carter, ‘Church Barrel Organs’, The Sunday Times (13 Aug. 1939); MacDermott (1948); Boston (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Letter, The Times (13 Jan. 1988); NPOR N01037.
BARREL 1 GREEN
Tune
Metre
1.1
LM
1.2
LM
1.3
LM
1.4
CM
1.5
CM
1.6
LM
1.7
LM
1.8
SM
1.9
LM
1.10
BARREL 2 GREEN
Tune
Metre
2.1
LM
2.2
LM
2.3
CM
2.4
CM
2.5
CM
2.6
113th
2.7
87.D
2.8
104th
2.9
77.77.77.
2.10
BARREL 3 GREEN
Tune
Metre
3.1
87.87.D
3.2
77.77.77.
3.3
148th
3.4
87.87.47.
3.5
87.887.
3.6
77.77.
3.7
77.77.
3.8
87.D
3.9
77.77.D
3.10