South Downs Gateway Churches

Twyford Organ

Full details of this organ can be found here, but below is a summary.

The original Walker organ was recently rebuilt at a cost of £265,000, details of which can be found here.

J.W.Walker built a single manual and pedal organ of 6 stops for the west gallery of the old church in 1867. Walkers installed this organ into the new church when it opened in 1878, behind the organ case on the North side of the Chancel. This case was designed by the church architect, Alfred Waterhouse, as part of the fixtures and fittings for the new church.

The organ was enlarged in 1897 by the local organ builders W.J.Burton of Winchester, who added a Swell Organ. The organ was further enlarged in 1956 by local builder Richard Boston, who added extra pipes from a variety of second-hand sources in a haphazard manner. The organ was further rebuilt by David White in 1989.

In 2006, Harrison & Harrison of Durham built a new organ based around the original Walker pipes and Waterhouse case, in collaboration with renowned organ advisor Stephen Bicknell and church organist Colin Harvey. The new organ draws its inspiration and a high degree of discipline from Victorian Walker principles and has received much praise for its stylish musical qualities. It was the last project Stephen Bicknell was to see through to completion before his death in 2007.

Great Organ (C-g3, 56 notes)

  • Bourdon 16ft
  • Open Diapason 8ft *
  • Clarionet Flute 8ft *
  • Dulciana 8ft * (shared bottom octave with Clarionet Flute)
  • Principal 4ft *
  • Harmonic Flute 4ft
  • Twelfth 2 2/3ft
  • Fifteenth 2ft *
  • Mixture III ranks
  • Trumpet 8ft

Swell Organ (C-g3, 56 notes)
Open Diapason 8ft (shared bottom octave with Stopped Diapason, with 4ft helpers)

  • Stopped Diapason 8ft
  • Principal 4ft
  • Fifteenth 2ft
  • Oboe 8ft

Pedal Organ (C-f, 30 notes)

  • Bourdon 16ft *
  • Principal 8ft (metal)
  • Bassoon 16ft (wood)


  • Swell to Great
  • Swell to Pedal
  • Great to Pedal
  • Composition Pedals to Great Organ
  • Composition Pedals to Swell Organ
  • “Horseshoe” reversible pedal for Great to Pedal
  • Balanced Swell Pedal
  • Straight, concave pedal board
  • Mechanical key, pedal and stop action
  • Double rise reservoir with electric blower.
  • Pitch A=443 Hz, Equal Temperament.

Notes on pipes
* – From J.W.Walker organ of 1867. No.3 has a new top octave and No.16 is new from pedal middle C upwards, Harrison & Harrison, 2006

Nos. 1 and 6 from J.W.Walker Op. 1024, house organ from Wallingford. Top 30 pipes of No.1 new, Harrison & Harrison 2006

No. 7, 9-11, 13-15, 17 = New, Harrison & Harrison, 2006
No. 12 – Hill & Son, thought to be 1860s. New bottom octave, Harrison & Harrison, 2006
No. 18 – Willis, 1858, Swell Contra Fagotto from the Surrey Chapel, Blackfriars Road, London. The rest of the remains of this organ are now in St Alphgate’s, Burnt Oak, London.

Great Mixture composition 1-24=15.19.22; 25-56=8.12.15

Location Morestead, Owslebury, Twyford, Colden Common. Benefice Office: Holy Trinity Church Centre, 154 Main Road, Colden Common SO21 1TJ Phone 01962 715172
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