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Details of Cathedral, Chester, England


Organ History
Built by Bernard Smith
c1760Choir organ and trumpet added by Snetzler
1844Removed
Status
Destroyed
Sources
Herbert Westerby - “The Complete Organ Recitalist” - Musical Opinion, 1927, London
Dictionary of Organs and Organists” - George Mate & Son, 1921
The Musical Times 731
Hopkins & Rimbault - “The Organ: Its History and Construction - A Comprehensive Treatise on the Structure and Capabilities of the Organ” - Robert Cosks & Co., 1877, London

ManualsStopsRanksCouplersAction
21414--

Great ( GG to d3 52 notes)
1.Open Diapason  
2.Stopped Diapason  
3.Principal  
4.Flute  
5.Twelfth  
6.Fifteenth  
7.SesquialteraIII 
8.SesquialteraII 
9.CornetIII 
10.Trumpet  
Choir ( GG to d3 52 notes)
11.Stopped Diapason  
12.Principal  
13.Flute  
14.Fifteenth  

Organ History
1844Built by Gray & Davison
Status
Unknown
Sources
Hopkins & Rimbault - “The Organ: Its History and Construction - A Comprehensive Treatise on the Structure and Capabilities of the Organ” - Robert Cosks & Co., 1877, London

ManualsStopsRanksCouplersAction
336365T

I. Choir (Tracker GG-f3 59 notes)
1.Open Diapason  
2.Dulciana  
3.Stopped Diapason  
4.Principal  
5.Flute  
6.Fifteenth  
7.Clarion  
iSwell to Choir  
II. Great (Tracker CC-f3 54 notes)
8.Double Diapason  
9.Open Diapason  
10.Open Diapason  
11.Stopped Diapason  
12.Fifth  
13.Principal  
14.Flute  
15.Twelfth  
16.Fifteenth  
17.SesquialteraIII 
18.FurnitureII 
19.MixtureII 
20.Trumpet  
21.Clarion  
iiSwell to Great  
iiiChoir to Great  
III. Swell (Tracker FF-f3 61 notes)
22.Double Diapason  
23.Open Diapason  
24.Stopped Diapason  
25.Principal  
26.Fifteenth  
27.SesquialteraIII 
28.Hautboy  
29.Cornopean  
30.Clarion  
Pedal (Tracker CCC-f 30 notes)
31.Open Diapason16' 
32.Stopped Diapason16' 
33.Principal8 feet' 
34.Fifteenth4 feet' 
35.Tierce3 1/5' 
36.SesquialteraII 
ivGreat to Pedal  
vChoir to Pedal  

Organ History
1874Built by Charles Whitely
1895Improved by Gray & Davison
Status
Rebuilt
Sources
Herbert Westerby - “The Complete Organ Recitalist” - Musical Opinion, 1927, London
Dictionary of Organs and Organists” - George Mate & Son, 1921
The Musical Times 731

ManualsStopsRanksCouplersAction
463639T/P/TP

I. Choir ( CC-a3 58 notes)
Main (Tracker)
1.Double Dulciana16' 
2.Open Diapason8' 
3.Clarabella8' 
4.Stopped Flute4' 
5.Principal4' 
6.Piccolo2' 
7.Clarinet8' 
Choir Screen (Pneumatic)
8.Pierced Gamba8' 
9.Dulciana8' 
10.Stopped Diapason8' 
11.Gemshorn4' 
12.Hohl Flute4' 
II. Great (Tracker-pneumatic CC-a3 58 notes)
13.Double Open Diapason16' 
14.Bourdon16' 
15.Open Diapason I8' 
16.Open Diapason II8' 
17.Gamba8' 
18.Flute à Pavillon8' 
19.Stopped Diapason8' 
20.Harmonic Flute8' 
21.Principal4' 
22.Harmonic Flute4' 
23.Twelfth2 2/3' 
24.Fifteenth2' 
25.FournitureV 
26.Mixture4 
27.Contra Posaune16' 
28.Tromba8' 
29.Clarion4' 
iSwell to Great  
iiChoir to Great  
iiiSolo to Great  
III. Swell (Tracker-pneumatic CC-a3 58 notes)
30.Bourdon16' 
31.Open Diapason8' 
32.Viola di Gamba8' 
33.Stopped Diapason8' 
34.Suabe Flute4' 
35.Principal4' 
36.Fifteenth2' 
37.MixtureIV-V 
38.Contra Fagotto16' 
39.Cornopean8' 
40.Trumpet8' 
41.Oboe8' 
42.Clarion4' 
43.Tremulant  
ivSwell Super-Octave  
vSwell Sub-Octave  
IV. Echo and Solo ( CC-a3 58 notes)
Echo (Tracker)
44.Lieblich Bourdon16' 
45.Viola8' 
46.Lieblich Gedact8' 
47.Vox Angelica8' 
48.Lieblich Flute4' 
49.Flautina2' 
50.Vox Humana8' 
51.Tremulant  
Solo (Tracker)
52.Harmonic Diapason8' 
53.Harmonic Flute4' 
54.Orchestral Oboe8' 
55.Tuba8' 
Pedal (Tracker-pneumatic CCC-F 30 notes)
56.Double Open Diapason32' 
57.Open Diapason16' 
58.Violone16' 
59.Sub-Bass16' 
60.Octave8' 
61.Violcello8' 
62.Fifteenth4' 
63.MixtureII 
64.Trombone16' 
65.Bombarde8' 
viChoir to Pedal  
viiGreat to Pedal  
viiiSwell to Pedal  
ixSolo to Pedal  

Organ History
1910Rebuilt by Hill
Status
Rebuilt
Sources
Herbert Westerby - “The Complete Organ Recitalist” - Musical Opinion, 1927, London
Dictionary of Organs and Organists” - George Mate & Son, 1921

ManualsStopsRanksCouplersAction
463-14P/EP

I. Choir (Electro-pneumatic CC-c4 61 notes)
1.Double Dulciana16' 
2.Open Diapason8' Hill
3.Viola8' Hill
4.Dulciana8' 
5.Clarabella8' 
6.Stopped Flute4' 
7.Gemshorn4' 
8.Principal4' 
9.Hohl Flute4' Hill
10.Stopped Diapason4' 
11.Piccolo2' 
12.Clarinet8' Hill
13.Pierced Gamba8' 
iSwell to Choir  
II. Great (Pneumatic CC-c4 61 notes)
14.Bourdon16' 
15.Double Open Diapason16' 
16.Open Diapason I8' Hill
17.Open Diapason II8' 
18.Open Diapason III8' 
19.Flute à Pavillon8' 
20.Harmonic Flute8' 
21.Stopped Diapason8' 
22.Principal4' 
23.Octave4' Hill
24.Harmonic Flute4' 
25.Twelfth2 2/3' 
26.Fifteenth2' 
27.MixtureV 
28.Contra Posaune16' Hill
29.Trumpet8' Hill
30.Clarion4' Hill
iiSwell to Great  
iiiSolo to Great  
III. Swell (Pneumatic CC-c4 61 notes)
31.Bourdon16' 
32.Open Diapason8' 
33.Stopped Diapason8' 
34.Echo Gamba8' Hill
35.Voix Celestes8' Hill
36.Principal4' 
37.Suabe Flute4' 
38.Fifteenth2' 
39.MixtureIV 
40.Contra Fagotto16' Hill
41.Horn8' Hill
42.Trumpet8' Hill
43.Oboe8' Hill
44.Clarion4' Hill
45.Tremulant  
ivSwell Super-Octave  
vSwell Sub-Octave  
IV. Solo ( CC-c4 61 notes)
Enclosed (Pneumatic)
46.Viola8' 
47.Vox Angelica8' 
48.Lieblich Gedact8' 
49.Contra Bassoon16'(tenor c)
50.Orchestral Oboe8' Hill
51.Vox Humana8' Hill
52.Tremulant  
Unenclosed (Pneumatic)
53.Harmonic Flute8' Hill
54.Harmonic Flute4' 
55.Tuba8' Hill
viSolo Super-Octave  
viiSolo Sub-Octave  
Pedal (Electro-pneumatic CCC-F 30 notes)
56.Double Open Diapason32' 
57.Open Diapason (wood)16' 
58.Open Diapason (metal)16' Hill
59.Violone16' 
60.Bourdon16' 
61.Principal8' 
62.Bass Flute8' Hill
63.Cello8' 
64.Contra Trombone32' Hill
65.Trombone16' Hill
66.Bombarde8' Hill
viiiChoir to Pedal  
ixGreat to Pedal  
xSwell to Pedal  
xiSolo to Pedal  



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1541John Brycheley
1541-50John Byrcheley
1551-c1558Thomas Barnes
1558-67Richard Saywell
1567-70Robert White (1530-1574)
1570-99Robert Stevenson
1599-1609Thomas Bateson (1575-1631)
1609-13John Allen
1613-14Michael Done
1614-37Thomas Jones
1637-43Richard Newbold
1643-c1646Randall Jewitt (1603-1675)
1661-73Peter Stringer (1617-1673)
1673-86John Stringer
1686-99William Kay
1699-1704John Demonticall
1699-1705John Mounterratt
1705-15Edmund White
1715-26Samuel Davies
1726-27Benjamin Worrall (-1730)
1727-65Edmund Baker (-1765)
1765-77Edward Orme (1716-1777)
1777-1803John Bailey (1749-1823)
1803-23Edward Bailey (1758-1830)
1823-24George Black
1824-40Thomas Haylett (1794-1843)
1841-77Frederick Gunton (1813-1888)
1877-1925Joseph C. Bridge (1853-1929)
1925-30J. Thomas Hughes (1866-)
1930-32Charles Hylton Stewart (1884-1932)
1932-49Malcolm Courtney Boyle (1902-1976)
1949-63Roland Middleton (1896-1983)
1964-67John Sanders (1933-2003)
1967-97Roger Fisher (1936-2021)
1997-2007David Poulter
2008-Philip Rushforth

List of Assistant Organists
Edward Bailey (1758-1830)
1872-76Herbert S. Irons (1834-1905)
1876-77Joseph C. Bridge (1853-1929)
-1890John Gumi
1893-1925J. Thomas Hughes (1866-)
Ernest Prichard (1887-1945)
1925-26Guillaume Ormond (1896-1971)
1927-34T. Brooke Edwards (1881-1956)
1944-47George Guest (1924-2002)
1955-60Brian Runnett (1935-1970)
1960-62Peter White (1937-2007)
1962-67Harold Hullah
1967-71John Belcher
1971-75John Cooper Green
1975-78John Keys (1956-)
1978-Simon Russell
1986-89Lee Ward (1968-)
1989-98Graham Eccles
1998-2003Benjamin Saunders
Philip Stopford (1977-)
2002-07Philip Rushforth
2008-11Ian Roberts
2011-16Benjamin Chewter (1983-)
2016-Andrew Wyatt

List of Organ Scholars
Philip Rushforth
1996Nicholas Chalmers

List of Other Organists
c1870William Ffoulkes (1830-)
1947-Robert Arthur Sutton (1916-)