ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
WESTBOURNE, WEST SUSSEX, UK

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Great
1
  Open Diapason
8
 
 
2
  Stopped Diapason
8
 
 
3
  Dulciana
8
 
 
4
  Principal
4
 
 
5
  Spitzflute
4
 
 
6
  Fifteenth
2
 
 
7
  Cornet
III
 
 
8
  Mixture
IV
 
 
9
  Trumpet
8
 
 
i
  Tremulant    
 
ii
  Swell to Great    
           
Swell
10
  Open Diapason
8
 
 
11
  Chimney Flute
8
 
 
12
  Salicional
8
 
 
13
  Voix Celeste
8
 
 
14
  Principal
4
 
 
15
  Flageolet
2
 
 
16
  Larigot
1
1/3
 
17
  Sesquialtera
III
 
 
18
  Cremona
16
 
 
19
  Hautboy
8
 
 
iii
  Tremulant    
           
Pedal
20
  Sub Bass
16
 
 
21
  Principal
8
 
 
22
  Choral Bass
4
 
 
23
  Trombone
16
 
 
iv
  Swell to Pedal    
 
v
  Great to Pedal    
 
vi
  Cymbelstern   (operated by toe lever)
           

Tracker key action : Slider soundboards

Electric stop and combination actions

The organ is tuned in Vallotti temperament

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The Parish Church of St John the Baptist dates back to the 13th century, and comprises a short nave and two aisles, chancel and tower. The splendid yew tree avenue can be assumed to date from 1500, probably planted at the same time as the FitzAlan beam, and is the finest and oldest in England.

Yew avenue

The new organ stands at the head of the south aisle, in front of the former chamber which has found new use as a Vestry.The case is of solid Oak, with raised and fielded panelling and carved pipeshades and grilles. The Great organ is conventionally positioned at impost level, while the Swell is located below the Great, in the lower section of the casework. It is provided with twin sets of shutters, separately controllable and speaking through carved screens into the nave, and also rearwards into the Chancel. The Pedal pipes stand behind the main case in the former chamber, enclosed within an Oak screen.

The console is slightly separated from the main case, trackers running underneath a small connecting platform. This position gives the organist a good line of sight to the Chancel.

Westbourne console

the console with carved swell screens in the rear

Within the scope of its twenty three stops, the organ has proved to be a versatile instrument for both solo repertoire and accompaniment. Although space for the Swell was restricted, it has been possible to provide a short length double reed, and an Open Diapason, the bass of which employs open wood helper pipes at 4ft pitch, speaking together with the wood bass of the Chimney Flute. The consultant to the church was John Norman.

 

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