© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
St Peter & St Paul, Muchelney (Somerset)
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
From the Gray & Davison ledger for 1848: ‘Improved barrel organ for Muchelney Church £100’. A nameplate inside the case reads ‘GRAY & DAVISON’S IMPROVED, 9, New Road, Fitzroy Sq., LONDON.’ although according to their shopbook it was made by Wedlake & Skeat (Wedlake was a Gray & Davison apprentice). The side of the rotating frame is engraved ‘Gray & Davison’ and the weights on the reservoir are stamped G. D. The organ is located in the south aisle above the vestry. The organ is operated from the rear, with a separate pedal to work the bellows. The grained softwood Gothic case has three panels of gold painted dummy pipes. Three black barrels x 10 tunes in a frame; handwritten alphabetical tunelist pasted inside the case.
References: ‘Notes of the Month’, The Antiquary (1907), p.248; Tower Hamlets Independent and East End Local Advertiser (5 Dec. 1908), p.5; Notes & Queries (1922); Country Life (28 Oct. 1939), p.455 & (2 Sep. 1965), p.568; The Organ (Jul. 1944); MacDermott (1948); Boston (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Musical Opinion (Feb. 1972), pp.257-9; Turner (2002); NPOR, N05596.
BARREL 2 BLACK
Tune
Metre
2.1
CM
2.2
CM
2.3
CM
2.4
CM
2.5
CM
2.6
SM
2.7
87.D
2.8
87.87.47.
2.9
77.77.77.
2.10
LM
BARREL 3 BLACK
Tune
Metre
3.1
CM
3.2
CM
3.3
104th
3.4
87.87.D
3.5
CM
3.6
LM
3.7
LM
3.8
CM
3.9
3.10
© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
St Peter & St Paul, Muchelney (Somerset)
From the Gray & Davison ledger for 1848: ‘Improved barrel organ for Muchelney Church £100’. A nameplate inside the case reads ‘GRAY & DAVISON’S IMPROVED, 9, New Road, Fitzroy Sq., LONDON.’ although according to their shopbook it was made by Wedlake & Skeat (Wedlake was a Gray & Davison apprentice). The side of the rotating frame is engraved ‘Gray & Davison’ and the weights on the reservoir are stamped G. D. The organ is located in the south aisle above the vestry. The organ is operated from the rear, with a separate pedal to work the bellows. The grained softwood Gothic case has three panels of gold painted dummy pipes. Three black barrels x 10 tunes in a frame; handwritten alphabetical tunelist pasted inside the case.
References: ‘Notes of the Month’, The Antiquary (1907), p.248; Tower Hamlets Independent and East End Local Advertiser (5 Dec. 1908), p.5; Notes & Queries (1922); Country Life (28 Oct. 1939), p.455 & (2 Sep. 1965), p.568; The Organ (Jul. 1944); MacDermott (1948); Boston (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Musical Opinion (Feb. 1972), pp.257-9; Turner (2002); NPOR, N05596.
BARREL 3 BLACK
Tune
Metre
3.1
CM
3.2
CM
3.3
104th
3.4
87.87.D
3.5
CM
3.6
LM
3.7
LM
3.8
CM
3.9
3.10
BARREL 2 BLACK
Tune
Metre
2.1
CM
2.2
CM
2.3
CM
2.4
CM
2.5
CM
2.6
SM
2.7
87.D
2.8
87.87.47.
2.9
77.77.77.
2.10
LM