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Removal of the Church Organ

Sadly, the majestic Foster and Andrews Organ in our Church was irrepairably damaged by water some years ago. The cost of attemptimg a repair is prohibitive and we have been unable to find a buyer. With heavy hearts, the PCC took the decision to submit an application to remove the organ and permission for this was subsequently granted by the Diocese.

We have now embarked upon a project to remove the organ.It will take some weeks, or even months and the images below show a selection of photographs from the work - we will add to these as the project continues.



The main organ prior to removal


The side pipes


The organ was manufactured in 1873 by Forster and Andrews of Hull and refurbished in 1914 by Blackett and Howden of Newcastle


The signatures of the original makers and refurbishers



The large wooden box pipes behind the Organ, showing the upper bellows unit (top right)


Another view of the large box pipes (from the opposite angle)


The upper bellows units (x2)


The keyboard with the front panel removed



A rear view of the internal mechanisms after removal of some of the large box pipes - (some of the smaller box pipes are still in place)


Another view of the internal mechanisms, showing the lower bellows (centre)


Some of the large box pipes removed (this picture gives you a scale of the huge size of the pipes - they are quite big and very heavy!)


Another view of  the huge box pipes after removal


Removing the upper bellows


Removing the organ's main electrical motor


The main motor after removal


Two of the largest box pipes - huge!


The last box large box pipes ready for removal


Hmm! - need to work out how to get those high box pipes down!


All the lower box pipes have now been removed. The internal pipe chamber is at the top of the picture


The lower main bellows units


Dismantling the internal pipe chamber box


The main pipe chamber unit with all the pipes removed


The last few organ pipes ready to be removed


Teamwork!


More Teamwork!


Dusty work!
Time for a quick cuppa and then a bath!!