St Mary's Church
Felmersham, Bedfordshire
Church Organ
Right: Note found on the organ bellows during
the Restoration of the Organ in 2007:
Edward Evans, Leatherer
y 6th 1873
Palace Yard Worcester

John Nicholson Organ - 1873

The organ was built in 1873 and is the work of John Nicholson when the firm operated from Palace Yard in Worcester. It has survived in original condition except for the introduction of electric blowing, the conversion of the tracker pedal action to tubular pneumatic and some minor tonal changes, all completed in 1936 by J W Walker. The case pipes and Cornopean bass pipes have the appearance of Walker. The original pedal-board and trigger swell pedal survived the alterations. Originally the scheme provided for three additional stops that were never installed, namely a Great Trumpet, a Swell Oboe and a Piccolo.
The major items of the organ such as wind reservoir, chests and soundboards have lasted for 130 years without renovation although they are now suffering from the effects of fair wear and tear and as such the organ is to be repaired at an estimated cost of 42,000.





Organ Specification
Compass of Manuals = CC to G : 56 notes
Compass of Pedals = CCC to G : 30 notes
Great Organ
Open Diapason 8 ft.
Stopped Diapason Bass 8
Stopped Diapason Treble TC 8
Salicional TC 8
Principal 4
Wald Flute 4
Fifteenth 2
Sesquialtera 17.19.22  
Trumpet 8 prepared for
Pedal Organ
Open Diapason 16 ft.
Bourdon 16
Swell Organ
Bourdon 16 ft.
Open Diapason 8 ) common
Lieblich Gedact 8 ) bass
Principal 4
Harmonic Flute TC 4
Piccolo 2 prepared for
Cornopean 8
Oboe 8 prepared for
Great to Pedal  
Swell to Pedal  
Swell to Great  
Three composition pedals  
Trigger swell pedal  

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