Chapel of the Maternal Heart of Mary
(Former) Lewisham Hospital

West Street, Lewisham

Built 1927 M.P. Möller, Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
2 manuals, 14 speaking stops, 7 couplers, electro-pneumatic action
Gt: 8.8.8.8.4.4.8. Sw (duplexed): 8.8.8.4.8. Ped: 16.8.

Historical and Technical Documentation by Pastor de Lasala
© OHTA 2016 (last updated October 2016)


 





 

The Chapel of the Maternal Heart of Mary is in a revival Byzantine style with a very high ceiling and very generous acoustics. The Möller organ, op 4981, is located in the liturgically north end of the rear gallery of the Chapel. It is a twin to the one at Mosman Uniting Church op 5446, albeit built two years earlier in 1927.

The organ speaks across the gallery and also, partly down the nave, through a small opening on the right hand side of the chamber. The specification, which features duplexing of Swell stops from the Great, is virtually identical in all but a few small details.

Great
Open Diapason
Stopped Diapason
Dulciana
Viol d'Orchestre
Octave
Flauto Traverso
Cornopean

Swell (duplexed)
Stopped Diapason
Dulciana
Viol d'Orchestre
Flauto Traverso
Cornopean

Pedal
Bourdon
Flute


8
8
8
8
4
4
8


8
8
8
4
8


16
8


A
B
C

D
E


A
B
C
D
E


F
F
   

Swell to Swell 16
Swell to Swell 4
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Great
Swell to Great 4
Swell to Great 16
Great to Great 4
Tremulant (affecting entire organ)

Swell Pedal
Crescendo Pedal
Great to Pedal reversible toe stud

Although the organ is unplayable, it is more original than its sister in Mosman: the Lewisham organ is in its original location; the pneumatic action remains; the crescendo pedal with its gauge is extant. The stop action employs a curious mini roller board mechanism. There are two setter pistons for both the Great and Swell divisions and these are located over the stop rail.

For a number of years the organ has suffered from water damage from rain entering the organ chamber. The roof has since been repaired, With the exception of the largest Bourdon pipes, a number of them badly split from water damaged currently stored in the basement of the chapel, all the pipework is intact and is in pristine condition.

The organ awaits a sympathetic restoration.
























Photographs: Pastor de Lasala (October 2016)