Job number: A302

The present Victoria Methodist Church in Weston-super-Mare was rebuilt in 1936 after the original building (which contained a 3 manual organ by Sweetland) was destroyed by fire.   The contract for an organ for the new church was given to the John Compton Organ Company Ltd and it is reported that a young lady in the congregation was expecting an instrument with 'coloured lights' and that would 'rise out the floor' like the organ just up the road at the Odeon cinema!!!  Needless to say she was in for a surprise! 

The organ is a brilliant example of a larger pre-war instrument designed for a town centre church.  The pipework is totally enclosed in 2 chambers on the south side of the chancel and speak through an ornamental wrought iron grille. The organ also features the Compton patent "Polyphonic Bass" which is unenclosed and speaks through a grille in the south transept.

In 1993, as part of a church refurbishment, the organ was completely restored by Roger Taylor of Bristol. This included the installation of new actions and moving the detached stopkey console to its present position on the north side of the chancel. The specification reads:

Sub Bass 32'
Contra Bass 16'
Bourdon 16'
Echo Bass 16'
Octave 8'
Flute 8'
Octave Flute 4'
Mixture III
Trombone 16'
Trumpet 8'
Choir to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

Contra Dulciana 16'
Open Diapason 8'
Stopped Diapason 8'
Dulciana 8'
Strings 8'
Stopped Flute 4'
Dulcet 4'
Twelfth 2.2/3'
Nazard 2.2/3'
Dulcetina 2'
Flautino 2'
Tierce 1.3/5'
Larigot 1.1/3'
Acuta II
Great to Choir
Swell to Choir

Double Diapason 16'
Bourdon 16'
First Diapason 8'
Second Diapason 8'
Stopped Diapason 8'
Dulciana 8'
Octave 4'
Stopped Flute 4'
Super Octave 2'
Plein Jeu IV
Quartane II
Trumpet 8'
Swell to Great

Contra Dulciana 16'
Dulciana 8'
Vox Angelica 8'
Dulcet 4'
Celestina 4'
Contra Viola 16'
Viola de Gamba 8'
Harmonic Flute 8'
Viola 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Harmonic Piccolo 2'
Cymbale III
Contra Fagotto 16'
Fagotto 8'
Octave Fagotto 4'

SOLO (played on Choir)
Viola de Gamba 8'
Double Trumpet 16'
Trumpet 8'
Clarion 4'

6 thumb pistons to Choir and Pedal
6 thumb pistons to Great and Pedal
6 thumb pistons to Swell and Pedal
6 toe pistons to Pedal and Great
6 toe pistons to Pedal and Swell
4 reversible thumb pistons
1 reversible toe piston - Great to Pedal
1 setter toe piston
1 general cancel thumb piston
6 ventil control switches
1 balanced expression pedal - Chamber 1 (Choir, Great, Pedal)
1 balanced expression pedal - Chamber 2 (Swell, Solo)
1 balanced expression pedal - Crescendo