Stop press: new guidebook just published

Stop press: new guidebook just published

The organist, Jeffrey Williams, has now produced a guide to the organs that detail their history in greater depth than the abstract on this page. If you are interested in purchasing a copy – provisional price: £2.50 – e-mail us with your contact details and we will pass your details to the Abbey Shop.

The Organ

The organ console
The organ console

We are very fortunate to be accompanied in our worship by a remarkable instrument built by J.W. Walker and Sons in 1858. Our relationship with Walkers, founded in London but now located in Suffolk, continues to the present day because their tuners still pay regular visits to Romsey to maintain the organ. Major restoration work was carried out in 1995/96, restoring the old mechanical actions and overhauling much of the pipework to its former glory.

Pipework of the Nave Organ
The Nave Organ

1998 saw the construction by Walkers of a completely new organ in addition to the 1858 original. Its pipework is located, somewhat unusually, on the South Triforium, a gallery that runs the length of the Nave from the West End to the Crossing. This can be played either from a mobile console in the Nave or from the main console in the Choir.

The Nave organ is particularly useful, firstly, in providing the congregation with the hymn tune without the slight delay that arises from the distant location of the main organ and, secondly, as a concert instrument in its own right.

Specification of the organs

(Barker Lever, 1858)
(electro-pneumatic, 1995)
Double Open Diapason 16* Double Open Diapason 32*
Double Stopped Diapason 16 Open Diapason 16
Large Open Diapason 8 Bourdon 16
Open Diapason 8 Octave Wood 8
Stopped Diapason
(metal, wood bass)
8 Mixture 8 12 15
Clarabella 8 Trombone 16
Principal 4 Trumpet 8
Stopped Flute (wood) 4
Twelth 2 2/3 Swell (Mechanical, 1995)
Fifteenth 2 Double Stopped Diapason 16
Tierce 1 3/5 Open Diapason 8
Full Mixture 15 19 22 Stopped Diapason (wood) 8
Sharp Mixture 26 29* Principal 4
Trumpet 8 Fifteenth 2
Clarion 4* Mixture 15 19 22
Hautboy 8
Cornopean 8
Gamba 8 Clarion 4
Dulciana 8 Tremulant*
Stopped Diapason (wood) 8 Compass:

  • C to G (manuals)
  • CCC to F (pedals)
Principal 4
Stopped Flute
(stopped metal)
Cremona 8 * added in 1888 by J.W. Walker
Tuba 8** ** added in 1982 by N.P. Mander
Nave Organ (1999)
Open Diapason (metal) 8
Stopped Diapason (wood & metal) 8
Octave (metal) 4
Nason Flute (metal) 4
Super Octave (metal) 2
Mixture (19 22 26 29) IV ranks
Trumpet 8
Manual to Pedal
Nave Organ on Great
Bourdon (wood) 16
Octave (metal) 8
(Mechanical 1858, 1888):

  • Swell to Great
  • Choir to Great
  • Swell to Choir
  • Great to Pedal
  • Swell to Pedal
  • Choir to Pedal
  • Great to Nave Organ (1999)

Also available: ten general combination pedals and reversible pedals for Great to Pedal and Pedal Trombone; and Manual to Pedal (Nave Organ)