Restoration - latest news

                                              Almost there!

In the photograph church organist Martin Bates, organ restorer Rodney Briscoe and the Rev Mark Hopkins - site visit May 2019
In the photograph church organist Martin Bates, organ restorer Rodney Briscoe and the Rev Mark Hopkins - site visit May 2019

Although the full amount of the organ restoration has not yet been raised by St Mary & St Margaret’s church, the project is close to achieving its target, now reckoned at some £50,000. It is hoped that the work will begin in 2020.

 

It will be a major job to restore this historic organ, one of only a few of its kind to still operate pneumatically. Many similar have now been converted to electronic systems. Our organ dates back to the early years of the 19th century and the restoration committee feel it is right for the heritage of this ancient church to restore it in the traditional way.

 

Over one thousand pipes of all shapes and sizes inside the organ are connected to the keyboard via a network of thin lead tubes. Over some 3 months the complex triple keyboard will be completely deconstructed and renovated, the leaky wind box will be made good and the pipes will be carefully removed by Norfolk organ specialist Rodney Briscoe. Then all will be replaced leaving the 200-year-old instrument sounding as good as new.

 

 

Below: the keyboard is just the start - 61 keys on two manuals and foot pedals with fine lead pipes leading to over one thousand pipes varying in size from over two metres in length to just a few centimetres producing an amazing variety of sounds.