Castle Hill Baptist Church
13 Showground Road, Castle Hill

Nicholson & Lord 1885 (ex-Glebe Presbyterian),
rebuilt Arthur Jones 1973 (2/23 mechanical and electro-pneumatic)



From SOJ May 1973:

Castle Hill Baptist Church is to congratulated for its foresight in planning for the installation of a pipe organ during the design stages of its new building. The building was completed in 1972; the installation of the organ in a gallery along the left was completed in April 1973. The organ is contained entirely within the building itself (there is no organ chamber) and speaks into thesanctuary - an acoustically advantageous position. The sound would be further enhanced if the carpets in the aisles and altar area were removed. The organ is a restoration and enlargement of an 1885 Nicholson and Lord instrument originally placed in Glebe Presbyterian Church. In 1969, a restructuring of the ministry and a possible need to resite its building led the Glebe Church to sell the organ. The Church was anxious ''to preserve the essential quality of the organ'' and rejected higher offers because the Castle Hill Baptist Church was the only potential purchaser willing to guarantee that these wishes would be followed. The restoration and enlargement were carried out by Arthur Jones, under the general guidance of Keith Asboe - who specified, among other things that all new pipes must be located within the original case. In the verbal part of the dedication ceremony Mr Jones stated that this was the 60th organ he had built, rebuilt and/or restored.

The original specification follows:

Great
Open Diapason
Gedackt
Dulciana
Principal
Wald Flute
Fifteenth

Swell
Bourdon
Open Diapason
Gedackt
Viol D'Amour
Principal
Mixture
Cornopean

Pedal
Bourdon

Couplers
Swell to Great
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

Tremulant

8
8
8
4
4
2


16
8
8
8
4
III
8


16








The present specification is:

Great
Open Diapason
Gedackt
Principal
Wald Flute
Fifteenth
Mixture (19-22-26)

Swell
Gedackt
Viol D'Amour
Principal
Fifteenth
Sesquialtera
Cymbal (29-33-36)
Krummhorn
Cornopean

Pedal
Subbass
Bourdon
Principal
Flute
Principal
Principal
Mixture
Posaune
Shalmey

Couplers
Swell to Great
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

Tremulant

8
8
4
4
2
III


8
8
4
2
II & III
III
16
8


16
16
8
4
4
2
V
16
4
































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Photos: Nicholas Appleton (July 2007)