Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Garfield Street, Wentworthville
Builder unknown (W.E. Richardson? c.1890)
(2/22 mechanical, pedal tubular-pneumatic)
Frank Duff writes (by email 8 April 2019):
On the recommendation of Anthony Welby, the organ was purchased from Clowes Street Baptist church, West Gorton in Manchester, UK - shipped with another 3-M+P from Norwich by Henry Jones - and installed in 1979 by volunteer parishioners with much subsequent assistance by Brown & Arkley.
The builder is thought to be W.E. Richardson from Manchester.
In the gallery, the great North window was blanked out and thermally insulated; and one third of the stepped gallery floor was removed.
Adjustments were made to the organ building frame -
• to lower the Swell soundboard so that the Swell box cleared the longitudinal building rafters; and -
• to lower the casework so that the Great Open Diapasons (lowest C & C#) cleared the same rafters; and the centre pipe cleared the ceiling apex.
[With those adjustments the organ is almost a perfect fit in the gallery.]
A new 3-phase blower was purchased; the air reservoir was releathered; the hand-pumping mechanism was similarly restored. All external timberwork was refinished by volunteers; Frontal pipes (only four are non-speaking) were silvered as the parish could not afford to restore the original pipe decoration.
The pedal action was changed to tracker; a lever swell pedal was installed to replace a centre shoe operation.
The console is attached - but considerably to the fore of the casework, where once there was the pulpit.
The specification is:
Double Gamba TC
Stop. Diap. Clarabella
Voix Celeste TC
Grand Open Diap.
Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
4 compositional pedals to Great
2 compositional pedals to Swell
Lever swell pedal
All mechanical action (Pedal action was originally tubular-pneumatic).
© PdL 2006
Dummy backfalls counterbalance the weight of the long vertical trackers of the Swell. (Ian Brown Oct 2015)
Great pipework after cleaning of reeds (Ian Brown Oct 2015)