Back          
St. George's Church, Gooderstone, Norfolk
St. George Gooderstone
St. George  Console
Specification
Manual
Open Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Dulciana 8
Principal Bass 4
Principal Treble 4
Fifteenth 2
Hautboy 8
Accessories
lever pedal with clip
4 composition pedals

The organ at St. George's Church is a chamber instrument, built around 1820, and brought to Gooderstone from London during the 1940's. The case, made of walnut, is particularly fine and must have been designed for a notable architectural setting - perhaps a grand London town house; with it's pairs of fluted and square columns, each framing a single gilt pipe, it is most unusual.

A date at the tail end of the Regency would seem likely. Unfortunately, there is no makers's plate or inscription. At first it was attributed to Thomas Elliott (1759 - 1832) but this seems unlikely: neither the design of the stop action, nor the construction of the metal pipework suggests his authorship.

James Chapman Bishop (1783 - 1854) is a stronger contender; he invented composition pedals (of which Gooderstone church organ has early examples), and there is a Bishop organ of similar date in Tasmania which retains a case not unlike this one. In most respects the organ is little altered from it's original state. Chamber organs survive in reasonable numbers in country churches.

Often they were taken from the The 'big' house when they went out of fashion for domestic use. This example at Gooderstone is exceptional in the quality of its casework, its lack of alteration and the interest arising from the early composition action. It is an important historic organ and in heritage terms is Grade 1.

The organ is now back at St. George's Church after being restored at our workshops