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St. Mary Magdalene, Bolney

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 The Lewis Organ 

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Bolney has one of the finest organs of any country church in the district, thanks to the generosity of Henry Courage (of Courage Brewery fame).

It was built by the organ builders T.C. Lewis for his home - Bolney Place (now the Manor House) at the turn of the 20th century and bequeathed to the church in 1902.

Henry Courage had a controlling interest in Lewis & Co., then a well known firm who had built organs in both Southwark and Westminster Cathedrals as well as numerous parish churches.

The original material still in the Bolney organ is typical of the high quality of Lewis' work of the period and its design and construction is solid and dependable. Well placed in the church, its sound has a grandeur that is unexpected in an instrument of comparatively modest size. The full swell in particular with octave couplers added gives almost a cathedral effect. In contrast are two beautifully voiced string stops which are particularly useful in creating an ethereal atmosphere during communion.

The organ was cleaned in 1930 and again in 1958.

Following an appeal, the organ was rebuilt by Messrs. Wood Wordsworth of Leeds in 1968.

A 3 rank Mixture was added to the Swell, a 2' Spitzflute to the Great and 8' & 4' stops to the Pedal division. A new pedal board was installed and the action converted from tubular-pneumatic to electro-pneumatic. Two reversible thumb pistons were also added.

The total cost of this scheme was £2,634 and the organ was re-dedicated on 21st July 1968.

The organ was subsequently cleaned and overhauled by N.P. Mander in 1987.

Most recently, the power supply, electrical wiring, processor and central control stack were renewed by Patrick Christian of Brighton in 2014.

 

Dedication Plaque:

"This organ was rebuilt in 1968 through the generosity of the parishioners and friends of Bolney Church.
Particular subscriptions were made in memory of Hester Sears of New Highlands, Bolney and of Maud, John and Adrian Griffith of Bee Houses, Bolney. Deo Gratias
"

 


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