All Saints, Stourmouth
The organ at Stourmouth Church was built by Henry Speechly in 1871 and was installed in Stourmouth Church in 1936. It is a single manual and pedal instrument with four stops:
- Open Diapason - 8
- Stopped Diapason - 8
- Dulciana - 8
- Principal - 4
The organ suffered considerable damage in 1977 when lead was stolen from the church roof and water poured in, leaving the organ unplayable. The soundboards (the mechanism which delivers wind to the pipes at the response of the keys) had split causing wind leaks and allowed pipes to sound when not played. All the leather components that hold the wind air tight had perished, and the internal springs and connections had corroded to the extent that they were breaking.
Work started on the organ in early 2013, we dismantled the organ and brought it back to our workshop for restoration. Here we:
- Replaced the corroded connections
- Re-leathered the bellows and other leather components.
- Repaired the soundboards
- Cleaned and repaired all the pipes and casework
- Painted the rear panels and internal woodwork
- Reconditioned the keys, pedal board and action
- Fitted a new blower and blower box
The organ was then assembled and tuned in Stourmouth church and was first used at evensong, 36 years after last being played. Stourmouth organ is a fine example of a small nineteenth century organ which is aesthetically pleasing in both tone and appearance.