© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
St Giles, Hampton Gay (Oxfordshire)
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
Barrel organ. Printed labels on all three barrels read: ‘H. BRYCESON, ORGAN BUILDER & PIANO FORTE MANUFACTURER, 38 Long Acre, LONDON.’ The church has no electricity supply, and is located in a field near the ruins of the big house. The organ is located in the west gallery and operated from the rear. It is mounted on blocks to raise the bottom section above the front of the gallery. The crank handle on the right-hand side operates both the barrel and bellows, so it can be played by one person. The mahogany Gothic case has four panels of gold painted dummy pipes backed with red cloth, two of which can be hinged forward to give the appearance of a larger organ. Two yellow carriage-mounted barrels x 10 tunes corresponding with the handwritten tunelists for barrels 1 & 2 pasted to the door of the organ, with the exception of tune 2.10. Barrels 1 & 2 are numbered; barrel 2 has trills, but some have either been removed deliberately or snapped off accidentally. Barrel 3 is a later addition and includes several tunes from The Union Tune Book. The gears are very badly affected by woodworm, and some have sections with virtually no teeth.
References: MacDermott (1948); Boston (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Ord-Hume (1978); Turner (2002).
BARREL 1 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
1.1
CM
1.2
SM
1.3
LM
1.4
77.77.77.
1.5
104th
1.6
CM
1.7
LM
1.8
CM
1.9
1.10
SM
BARREL 2 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
2.1
CM
2.2
LM
2.3
LM
2.4
SM
2.5
CM
2.6
LM
2.7
CM
2.8
87.D
2.9
CM
2.10
BARREL 3
Tune
Metre
3.1
LM
3.2
LM
3.3
LM
3.4
CM
3.5
CM
3.6
SM
3.7
7s.
3.8
77.77.77.
3.9
87.87.47.
3.10
© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
St Giles, Hampton Gay (Oxfordshire)
Barrel organ. Printed labels on all three barrels read: ‘H. BRYCESON, ORGAN BUILDER & PIANO FORTE MANUFACTURER, 38 Long Acre, LONDON.’ The church has no electricity supply, and is located in a field near the ruins of the big house. The organ is located in the west gallery and operated from the rear. It is mounted on blocks to raise the bottom section above the front of the gallery. The crank handle on the right- hand side operates both the barrel and bellows, so it can be played by one person. The mahogany Gothic case has four panels of gold painted dummy pipes backed with red cloth, two of which can be hinged forward to give the appearance of a larger organ. Two yellow carriage-mounted barrels x 10 tunes corresponding with the handwritten tunelists for barrels 1 & 2 pasted to the door of the organ, with the exception of tune 2.10. Barrels 1 & 2 are numbered; barrel 2 has trills, but some have either been removed deliberately or snapped off accidentally. Barrel 3 is a later addition and includes several tunes from The Union Tune Book. The gears are very badly affected by woodworm, and some have sections with virtually no teeth.
References: MacDermott (1948); Boston (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Ord-Hume (1978); Turner (2002).
BARREL 1 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
1.1
CM
1.2
SM
1.3
LM
1.4
77.77.77.
1.5
104th
1.6
CM
1.7
LM
1.8
CM
1.9
1.10
SM
BARREL 2 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
2.1
CM
2.2
LM
2.3
LM
2.4
SM
2.5
CM
2.6
LM
2.7
CM
2.8
87.D
2.9
CM
2.10
BARREL 3
Tune
Metre
3.1
LM
3.2
LM
3.3
LM
3.4
CM
3.5
CM
3.6
SM
3.7
7s.
3.8
77.77.77.
3.9
87.87.47.
3.10