The Organ at St. Paul's
Did you know that the Organ at St. Paul's is also a War Memorial?
St. Paul's organ was built by Ernest Wadsworth of Manchester in 1919 as part of a memorial to the fallen of World War One. In 1949 it was rebuilt with new casework and tonal additions by Rushworth and Dreaper of Liverpool. While the original case dates from 1919, the current casework incorporates a carved war memorial/role of honour into the panelling.
This information came from the entry for St. Paul's organ on the National Pipe Organ Register. This site also contains technical information about the organ.
The organ is "listed" at Grade II: "An unusually conservative and well-maintained instrument of local significance built by Wadsworth in 1919 as the firm ceased to produce new organs. It is therefore listed in the Institute's Register of Hisotric Pipe Organs as being an instrument of importance to the national heritage and one deserving careful preservation for the benefit of future generations."
We are currently fundraising for restoration of the organ at St. Paul's.
These plaques were placed on the organ after it was rebuilt in 1949.
The Organ as a War Memorial
These are some details of the organ, showing the casing, which contains inscriptions and the names of those who died in World Wars one and two. Sorry that these are not in better quality, but we felt it important to post legible images of the names and inscription.
World War II Inscription - South Side
World War II Names - South Side
World War II Inscription - East Side
The inscription reads:
In memory of the men of this parish who served in the defence of their country 1914 - 1919 whose names are recorded in the book below.
Unfortunately the photograph we have of the inscription is of rather poor quality.
The Imperial War Museum's Register of War Memorials
However, we believe that the entry contains errors. For example, the location of the church is wrongly marked. And it would appear that the memorial is wrongly recorded as being a wooden board - rather than the organ itself.
There is also a choir, comprising over ten members, who enjoy singing a range of material.
If you are interested in joining the choir, please see Eric, the organist and choirmaster, for a voice trial.