By Charles Hall of Norman Hall & Sons, Cambridge

The entrance to Hatley St George church, Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire / 13th September 2018. Facing you are the 1878 Bevington organ and 19th century font to the right. Above the organ are some of the St. George family shields which are a feature of the church.

The 1878 Bevington organ in Hatley St George church.

The organ was built by Bevington & Sons of London in 1878.  It is one of their Model 5 organs and stood in a chamber / vestry on the south side of the old chancel.

It was presented by John Carbery Evans JP of Hatley Park and moved to its current position by Arnolds of Thaxted in 1962 – when the width was reduced slightly and an electric blower added.

By the late 1990s it was in need of cleaning and an overhaul, which was undertaken by Norman Hall & Sons of Cambridge in 2000.

Bevington’s were in business between 1794 and 1941, with premises in the Soho area of London; there are several of the instruments in the area.

The organ has two manuals (rows of keys) and pedals, three stops on the Swell (upper row), four on the Great and one on the Pedal.

It has three couplers connecting the two rows of keys together and the pedals to the manual, the connection between the keys and pipes being mechanical.  The pipes of the Swell are enclosed in a box with shutters which can be opened and closed to provide a form of volume control.

The stops are

Swell

Harmonic Flute 4
Stopped Diapason Bass 8
Gedact 8
Bell Gamba 8

Great

Principal 4
Dulciana 8
Claribel 8
Open Diapason 8

Pedal

Bourdon 16

Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal

Lever Swell Pedal

Mr Carbery Evans must have been pleased with ‘his’ Bevington, for in 1883 he commissioned an organ for the hall from them.  It was a much larger instrument and was pumped by a hot air engine.

In 1899 a Mr G E Wright moved it to Olton Hall (in Solihull – there is a GWR engine called Olton Hall.) and then to Pudleston Court, Leominster, Herefordshire (the link contains a reference to G E Wright, near the bottom of the page), where it was altered by Hill & Sons.

It was then presented to Holmer Church in 1934 and installed by Ingram’s.  By 2010 it had been moved again and is now in St Mary’s Church Hay-on-Wye.

Page created 25 January 2019 and updated on 21st January 2020.