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The organ has been
surveyed by Dr J P
Rowntree, a member of the Association of Independent Organ Advisors and
Director of Choir and Organist, Douai Abbey on behalf of the Leeds
Diocese for whom he is organ advisor.
The organ is listed on the National Pipe Organ Register and research of the Register has shown it to have a stop specification for the swell organ identical to an Abbott and Smith organ at the Anglican Church in Epworth (see the stop specifications here). Abbott and Smith were a Leeds based organ builders but their premises burnt down and records were destroyed. We have visited the Epworth organ and it has been twice restored and now appears to be much more modern than the organ at Holy Family. We noticed that AS initials were evident inside the Epworth organ and we hope to find out more about the makers and designers of our parish organ when restoration starts.
It would appear that the organ in Holy Family Parish Church is older than 1895 and certainly contains older and high quality pipe work. Dr Rowntree thinks that it could be that an older chamber organ has been extended to form the current organ. The organ has never been restored and is original condition. It has been regularly maintained and tuned by Malcolm Spinks, organ maker in Morley Leeds.
Origin and Development
Press Release 16th October 2012 doc
YEP Article November 2012
Organ Survey pdf
Organ Builders Quotation pdf
Organ before removal
(sights and sounds)
Removal on 5th and 6th November 2012
Visit to the workshop on 23rd January 2013