© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
St Nicholas, Woodrising (Norfolk)
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
Barrel organ by Flight & Son. Label on soundboard ‘Flight & Robson’ and the paper used to cover the barrels is embossed ‘Flight & Robson Sons, ORGAN BUILDERS to his MAJESTY, [address crossed out], LONDON.’ The organ dates from c.1832, the year in which Flight & Robson were declared bankrupt and Flight went into partnership with his son, hence the alterations to the barrel papers.
References: Notes and Queries (17 Jun. 1922), p.477; MacDermott (1948); Boston (1959); Steer (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Budgen (1997); Turner (2002); NPOR, D00334.
BARREL 1
Tune
Metre
1.1
[…] Abridge
CM
1.2
St George’s Wiltshire
CM
1.3
104th
1.4
LM
1.5
CM
1.6
CM
1.7
SM
1.8
[…] New Sabbath
LM
1.9
SM
1.10
87.87.47.
BARREL 2
Tune
Metre
2.1
CMD
2.2
77.77.D
2.3
77.77.
2.4
65.65.
2.5
LM
2.6
10.10.10.10.
2.7
113th
2.8
PM
2.9
64.64.664.
2.10
77.77.77.
BARREL 3
SUPPLIED 1960
3.1
Rockingham
3.2
Austria
3.3
Winchester Old
3.4
Irby
3.5
Easter Hymn
3.6
Nicaea
3.7
Richmond
3.8
Crimmond
3.9
Dundee
3.10
Praise My Soul
The organ is located in the west gallery. It is operated from the rear, with the crank handle on the right-hand side controlling the barrel and the bellows. The mahogany Gothic case has five panels of gold painted dummy pipes backed with red cloth. Restored in 1958 by John Budgen. Three (originally four) carriage-mounted barrels x 10 tunes. Barrel 1 is labelled 5364 and was supplied with the organ, but three of the original tunes have been repinned, possibly when the second barrel was added in 1856. Barrel 2 was supplied in 1865, and all the tunes except ‘Temple’ are found in Hymns Ancient & Modern (1868 edn.). Barrel 3 was supplied by John Budgen in 1960 to replace a barrel found abandoned in the rectory garden.
© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
St Nicholas, Woodrising (Norfolk)
Barrel organ by Flight & Son. Label on soundboard ‘Flight & Robson’ and the paper used to cover the barrels is embossed ‘Flight & Robson Sons, ORGAN BUILDERS to his MAJESTY, [address crossed out], LONDON.’ The organ dates from c.1832, the year in which Flight & Robson were declared bankrupt and Flight went into partnership with his son, hence the alterations to the barrel papers.
The organ is located in the west gallery. It is operated from the rear, with the crank handle on the right-hand side controlling the barrel and the bellows. The mahogany Gothic case has five panels of gold painted dummy pipes backed with red cloth. Restored in 1958 by John Budgen. Three (originally four) carriage-mounted barrels x 10 tunes. Barrel 1 is labelled 5364 and was supplied with the organ, but three of the original tunes have been repinned, possibly when the second barrel was added in 1856. Barrel 2 was supplied in 1865, and all the tunes except ‘Temple’ are found in Hymns Ancient & Modern (1868 edn.). Barrel 3 was supplied by John Budgen in 1960 to replace a barrel found abandoned in the rectory garden.
BARREL 3
SUPPLIED 1960
3.1
Rockingham
3.2
Austria
3.3
Winchester Old
3.4
Irby
3.5
Easter Hymn
3.6
Nicaea
3.7
Richmond
3.8
Crimmond
3.9
Dundee
3.10
Praise My Soul
References: Notes and Queries (17 Jun. 1922), p.477; MacDermott (1948); Boston (1959); Steer (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Budgen (1997); Turner (2002); NPOR, D00334.
BARREL 2
Tune
Metre
2.1
CMD
2.2
77.77.D
2.3
77.77.
2.4
65.65.
2.5
LM
2.6
10.10.10.10.
2.7
113th
2.8
PM
2.9
64.64.664.
2.10
77.77.77.
BARREL 1
Tune
Metre
1.1
[…] Abridge
CM
1.2
St George’s Wiltshire
CM
1.3
104th
1.4
LM
1.5
CM
1.6
CM
1.7
SM
1.8
[…] New Sabbath
LM
1.9
SM
1.10
87.87.47.