The Specification of the Abbey Organ

Westminster, London, England


1730

Organ History
1660Built by Bernard Smith
1730Built by Schrider & Jordan
1848Rebuilt by Hill
Status
Rebuilt
Information Source
Hopkins & Rimbault - “The Organ: Its History and Construction - A Comprehensive Treatise on the Structure and Capabilities of the Organ”, 1877.

I. Choir (Tracker - CC-F 54 notes)
1.Open Diapason (Gamut G.)
2.Hohl Flute  
3.Stopped Diapason  
4.Principal  
5.Flute  
6.Cromorne  
II. Great (Tracker - CC-F 54 notes)
7.Double Diapason (to CC key)
8.Open Diapason (throughout)
9.Open Diapason (to CC)
10.Stopped Diapason  
11.Principal  
12.Principal (throughout)
13.Stopped Flote (to CC key)
14.Twelfth  
15.Fifteenth  
16.SesquialteraV 
17.MixtureIII 
18.Double Trumpet (to tenor C key)
19.Posaune (throughout)
20.Clarion  
iSwell to Great  
III. Swell (Tracker - CC-F 54 notes)
21.Double Diapason  
22.Open Diapason  
23.Stopped Diapason  
24.Principal  
25.Fifteenth  
26.SesquialteraIII 
27.Contra Fagotto (to tenor c key)
28.Cornopean  
29.Hautboy  
30.Clarion  
IV. Solo (Tracker - CC-G 56 notes)
31.Bourdon8'Wood. (56 pipes)
32.Open Diapason8'Metal. (56 pipes)
33.Harmonic Flute8'Metal. (56 pipes)
34.Tuba Mirabilis8'Metal. (56 pipes)
35.Vox humana8'Metal. (56 pipes)
36.Orchestral Oboe8'Metal. (56 pipes)
Pedal (Tracker)
37.Great Open Diapason32' 
38.Open Diapason16' 
iiGreat to Pedal  
iiiGreat octave to Pedal  
ivChoir to Pedal  
vSwell octave to Pedal  
Accessories
Three Composition Pedals.

1895

Organ History
1895Rebuilt by Hill
Status
Rebuilt
Information Sources
“Dictionary of Organs and Organists”, 1912.
“Dictionary of Organs and Organists”, George Mate & Son, 1921.

ManualsStopsRanksCouplersAction
578-22-



List of Organists
1562-69John Taylor
1621-1623John Parsons (-1623)
1625-1632Thomas Day (-c1654)
1642-1644Thomas Warwick (-a1644)
1666-1668Albertus Bryan (c1621-1668)
1668-1679Dr John Blow (1649-1708)
1695-1708Dr John Blow (1649-1708)
1793-1802Dr Samuel Arnold (1740-1802)
1882-1919Sir Frederick Bridge (1844-1924)
1919-1928Sir Sydney H. Nicholson (1875-1947)
1928-1941Sir Ernest Bullock (1890-1979)
1988-1999Martin Neary (1940-)
1999Martin Baker (1967-)
2000-James O’Donnell

List of Assistant Organists
1860-1875Charles S. Jekyll (1842-1914)
1875-1882Sir Frederick Bridge (1844-1924)
1889-1916Sir Walter G. Alcock (1861-1947)
1895-1904Wilfrid Ernest Sanderson (1878-1935)
1967-Timothy Farrell (1943-)
1968David Bruce-Payne (1945-)
1992-1999Martin Baker (1967-)
1999Robert Quinney (1976-)
2004-2013Robert Quinney (1976-)
Dr Frank J. Sawyer (1857-1908)
F. Hubert Belton (1894-1975)

List of Organ Scholars
2007-08Benjamin Chewter (1983-)

Please note we have not yet completed the full cross index of organists to churches, &c.