The Early Organ in St Swithun’s

The Early Organ in St Swithun’s

A beautiful plaque in the Chapel of the Nativity in St Swithun’s (to the left of the main altar) tells us something of the history of the organ. The writing is very faded, but this is what I have been able to read:

St Swithun’s Church 1888

This Organ, made by Messrs Walker and Sons, London, given by Mother Superior and Sisters of St Margarets, was enlarged and completed at a cost of about Four hundred pounds, raised by subscriptions of Parishioners and Friends. On the South front towards the Choir, (there are) smaller figures of Angels with Harps ascribing praise to the Almighty signifying the life of Active Service. The Head of the Angel of the Annunciation appears below, surrounded by stars etc. The tops of each pipe have gold coronets emblematic of the Crowns of the Saints while the two highest have Imperial Crowns in token of the King of Kings (Rev. xvii:14)

Christian monograms: the ichthys, crosses, crown and psalms and the cross on globe occur with varied forms and designs on both faces.

George Brooker of this town guided the whole and assisted with the flat colouring.

Mr John Booth supplied the Artists’ colours and best leaf gold at cost price.

James T. Lynn engrossed this and Douglas Y. Blakiston designed the illuminated border.

Arthur St Tracey, Evelyn Alston Head, Churchwardens.

Douglas Y. Blakiston, Vicar.

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