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This is the church where Revd, later Canon, Gordon
Paget was Rector; he inspired myself, and before me a number of
other Gresham's schoolboy organists to play for his Sunday morning
services and learn much about Church music. Then the 1920's St
Cecilia pipe organ had no pedals and whilst originally was all 8 &
4ft stops with a Melodic Viol. It was rebuilt around 1963 by Arnold
Williamson & Hyatt to be Melodic Bass, Open Diapason, Stopped
Diapason Dulciana Principal and Fifteenth.
As shown on the
plaque in the picture in 1993 we mechanically rebuilt the organ with
a full compass radiating and concave pedalboard operating the 16ft
pipes completed to form the pedal Bourdon.
Later, in 1999 we
were invited to add the full compass canistered Flute 4ft (divided
at middle C) plus the Tierce and Twelfth from middle C; these new
stops were placed on a clamp at the back.
The church also has
a delightful barrel organ by Bates; many years back we replaced its
missing Twelfth stop.
In 1997 the church was seeking a
photograph of Gordon Paget and none could be found. Then BIOS found
one taken in 1955 at Hedenham church along with the identities as
Gordon Paget is the cleryman on the extreme left.
Next to him, the gentleman with a walking stick is Martin Shaw. The
Bishop in the center is P. M. Herbert, Bishop of Norwich. The
occasion was the Patronal Festival a Hedenham on Sunday, 17 July
1955. The photograph was taken by M. P. Kistruck, Geldeston, Beccles.