Job number: A188

One of the problems with Compton organs is that with the age they are, upkeep can be a problem for many churches and sadly one example is St Peter's Church in Cradley, West Midlands where the organ at the end of 2011 fell silent and an electronic is currently in use as a temporary measure until funds allow for the necessary repairs.  However, with a small congregation and other urgent work needed, this situation could well be long term if not indefinate.

The organ was built as job number A188 and installed here in 1933.  It is typical of Compton organs with a detached stopkey console and built on the "unit" principal with 6 ranks of pipes all enclosed behind an ornamental grille.  

The specification reads:

Sub Bass 32'
Open Bass 16'
Bourdon 16'
Flute 8'
Flute 4'
Trombone 16'
Trumpet 8'
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

Bourdon 16'
First Open Diapason 8'
Second Open Diapason 8'
Hohl Flute 8'
Salicional 8'
Octave 4'
Flute 4'
Salicet 4'
Twelfth 2.2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Acuta II
Trumpet 8'
Swell to Great

Contra Salicional 16'
Second Open Diapason 8'
Hohl Flute 8'
Gemshorn 8'
Salicional 8'
Flute 4'
Gemshorn 4'
Gemshorn 2'
Larigot 1.1/3'
Cymbale III
Trombone 16'
Trumpet 8'
Clarion 4'

4 thumb pistons to Great
4 thumb pistons to Swell
4 toe pistons to Pedal
1 reverser thumb piston - Great to Pedal
1 reverser thumb piston - Swell to Pedal
1 reverser thumb piston - Swell to Great
1 balanced expression pedal - Organ
1 balanced expression pedal - Crescendo
Double touch canceller to each department
Ventil switches

Hopefully one day this excellent example of a Compton organ will be playing again!