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All Saints, Easton on the Hill,  Northamptonshire
All Saints Easton on the Hill,  Northamptonshire
All Saints Easton on the Hill,  Northamptonshire
Specification
Great
Trumpet 8
Sesquialtera II  
Tierce 1 3/4
Fifteenth 2
Twelfth 3
Principal 4
Flute 4
Clarabella 8
Open Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason Bass 8
Bourdon 16
Swell Tenor C compass
Horn 8
Fifteenth 2
Principal 4
Stopped Diapason 8
Dulciana 8
Double Diapason 16
Pedal
Pedal Pipes 16
The 'Dumb Organist'.

Holdich supplied his organ for Easton on the Hill, complete with the 'Dumb Organist'. This has now been restored and reunited with the restored organ.

Dumb OrganistThe dumb organist is in effect a barrel organ mechanism which directly plays upon the lowest keyboard of the organ by means of fingers which physically protrude from the bottom of the machine.

Barrel organs such as this one demonstrate how the organ was played in 1850; in all of its hymn tunes it demonstrates how slowly the hymns were sung and it also provides some interesting harmonies to some of the tunes.

The Great has two sets of pallets for the bottom octave. The Bourdon
and Stopped Diapason Bass are on one set of pallets which is operated by the bottom octave of BOTH manuals.

The "Dumb Organist", built originally, was fitted to two brass brackets on the Great keys. This had two
barrels with six tunes each. Its only recorded use is from 1850-1852. The barrel mechanism is probably why the Great had the Bourdon 16' bottom octave only.

The barrel attachment plays the hymn tunes: Evening Hymn, Hanover, Bedford, St. Stephens; chants by Purcell, Blow; Barrel I: Morning Hymn, St. Anne's, Mount Ephraim, Old 100th; chants: Farrant and Nares.