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Willis Restorations
During 2017 we were in the unusual position of restoring two very similar Willis organs, albeit 300 miles apart, at St Catharine’s Church Baglan, South Wales and St Peter and St Paul Church Fressingfield, Suffolk.
Pipes decorated by pupils at Fressingfield School Part of Heritage Lottery Fund Community Project.
Pipes decorated by pupils at Fressingfield School Part of Heritage Lottery Fund Community Project.
Dating from 1880 and 1874 respectively, the similarities are striking, with identical keys, pedals and action parts. Both organs even have the same idiosyncratic pedal pipe layout, and having sorted this arrangement at St Catharine’s we were ready for it at Fressingfield.
t both Churches we completely restored the soundboards, actions and bellows, none having had any work on them since they were built.
The St Catharine’s organ was designed for the Church and at some time in the past was moved onto the gallery, whereas the Fressingfield Willis spent its early years in the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy before coming to Fressingfield in 1940s.
All that remains to be done at Fressingfield in the New Year is to complete the new casework.
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