The Website of the Parish of
Saint Gregory the Great, Northampton

Sunday Mass Times:
Sunday 9.00 am (with children's liturgy and music group) Sunday 11.00 am (with choir and children's liturgy)
Priest-in-Charge: Fr Andrew Behrens (01604) 713015







Work in Progress

Work started to remove the organ from Grazeley on Monday 19th May 2008 with the complete dismantling and transporting back to Richard Young's workshop at Stretton-under-Fosse.

Organs at St Gregory’s

This picture shows the organ as it was at Grazeley. In the process of dismantling we had hoped to find something of the history of the instrument.

There appears to be no architectural connection between the church and the organ, leading to the theory that the organ was not originally built for Grazeley, but was bought in. It might have come from an exhibition, or even have previously been somewhere else.

Another curiosity is that the internal woodwork is of an exceptionally high quality, whereas the woodwork of the case is of a lesser standard.

Any information about the origins of the organ would be gratefully received. In rural Anglican churches of that time, significant expenses were usually met by a local benefactor, frequently the Lord of the Manor. The Benyon family held the lordship of the Manor of Grazeley.

Pipes or Chips
The replacement
The Cost
The organ at Grazeley
Work in Progress
Penitential Soundboards
The bellows in bits
Pneumatic motors
Stripping the soundboards
Casework at St Gregory's
Richard in his workshop
Pouring glue
Great soundboard
Swell soundboard
Case re-polished
Swell box in workshop
Building frame in workshop
Clamp for Trompette
Preparing Clamp
Lifting up to gallery
Soundboards up in the air
Bourdon soundboard
Making platform
1st pipe in chamber
Organ bits in Church
Bob the Blower
Great soundboard in the air
Soundboards in place
Swell box being installed
Trompette Pipe
Fitting the console
Jamb - no Jerusalem
Getting the wind up
Neat wiring
Rack of Trompette
The pipes arrive
Console wired
The Wind in the Bellows
The first working rank
Swell box complete
Pipes in the Great Soundboard
Restoration of the Console
Two milestones
The Blessing
The Opening Recital
Neil Wright
Forthcoming recitals





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