© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
St Mary the Virgin, Isle Abbots (Somerset)
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
Barrel organ, engraved on the keyframe: ‘H. BRYCESON, 5 Tottenham Court New Road, LONDON’, which dates the instrument to 1829-56. The organ is operated from the rear. The crank handle on the right-hand side operates both the barrel and bellows, so it can be played by one person, but the chants must have been impossible to lead without losing wind pressure. Oak case, the dummy front is missing. Restored c.1980 by John Budgen. Four yellow carriage-mounted barrels x 10 tunes. The three original tunelists pasted inside the casework door are partly illegible. Barrel 4 was a later purchase from Jones & Company, Harmonium Manufacturers, Bristol. Unfortunately the handwritten tunelist for barrel 4 was pasted over the original printed operating instructions. Several of the tunes have been repinned and the tunelist amended accordingly.
References: Notes & Queries (1922); Boston (1959), p. 119; Boston & Langwill (1967); Turner (2002); NPOR M00065.
BARREL 1 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
1.1
LM
1.2
St Olave, New Sabbath Single Chant: Battishill
1.3
LM
1.4
77.77.77.
1.5
Luther’s Hymn Montgomery
LM
1.6
CM
1.7
LM
1.8
CM
1.9
1.10
LM
BARREL 2 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
2.1
2.2
77.77.
2.3
CM
2.4
CM
2.5
Job
LM
2.6
CM
2.7
LM
2.8
LM
2.9
Lebanon Galway
SM
2.10
CM
BARREL 3 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
3.1
CM
3.2
CM
3.3
CM
3.4
3.5
87.D
3.6
CM
3.7
SM
3.8
SM
3.9
SM
3.10
LM
BARREL 4 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
4.1
CM
4.2
Portsmouth Martyrdom
CM
4.3
Charmouth St Stephen
CM
4.4
Weston Favel Single Chant: Farrant
4.5
LM
4.6
Abingdon German Hymn
77.77.
4.7
LM
4.8
CM
4.9
CM
4.10
SM
© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
St Mary the Virgin, Isle Abbots (Somerset)
Barrel organ, engraved on the keyframe: ‘H. BRYCESON, 5 Tottenham Court New Road, LONDON’, which dates the instrument to 1829-56. The organ is operated from the rear. The crank handle on the right-hand side operates both the barrel and bellows, so it can be played by one person, but the chants must have been impossible to lead without losing wind pressure. Oak case, the dummy front is missing. Restored c.1980 by John Budgen. Four yellow carriage-mounted barrels x 10 tunes. The three original tunelists pasted inside the casework door are partly illegible. Barrel 4 was a later purchase from Jones & Company, Harmonium Manufacturers, Bristol. Unfortunately the handwritten tunelist for barrel 4 was pasted over the original printed operating instructions. Several of the tunes have been repinned and the tunelist amended accordingly.
References: Notes & Queries (1922); Boston (1959), p. 119; Boston & Langwill (1967); Turner (2002); NPOR M00065.
BARREL 1 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
1.1
LM
1.2
St Olave, New Sabbath Single Chant: Battishill
1.3
LM
1.4
77.77.77.
1.5
Luther’s Hymn Montgomery
LM
1.6
CM
1.7
LM
1.8
CM
1.9
1.10
LM
BARREL 2 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
2.1
2.2
77.77.
2.3
CM
2.4
CM
2.5
Job
LM
2.6
CM
2.7
LM
2.8
LM
2.9
Lebanon Galway
SM
2.10
CM
BARREL 3 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
3.1
CM
3.2
CM
3.3
CM
3.4
3.5
87.D
3.6
CM
3.7
SM
3.8
SM
3.9
SM
3.10
LM
BARREL 4 YELLOW
Tune
Metre
4.1
CM
4.2
Portsmouth Martyrdom
CM
4.3
Charmouth St Stephen
CM
4.4
Weston Favel Single Chant: Farrant
4.5
LM
4.6
Abingdon German Hymn
77.77.
4.7
LM
4.8
CM
4.9
CM
4.10
SM