St Peters Raunds Conacher Organ Case

Raunds – St Peter’s Church

St Peter’s Church has origins dating back to the 12th century and is mainly built of local limestone, dressed with ashlar. Further rebuilding was started about 1220 when the Norman church was lengthened at both ends to make the present nave. At this time work on the tower and chancel was started and they were later joined to the nave by arches. Further work around 1300 saw the extension of the south arcade and, once completed, was followed by the addition of the north arcade.

The three-manual organ was built in 1893 by Peter Conacher and was one of the largest organs by Conacher of Huddersfield. It was the gift of the philanthropist, John King–Smith, who was a prominent boot manufacturer in Raunds. The handsome oak case bears the carved inscription: “Given to the Glory of God by J. King-Smith, Jan. 1893”.

The manual action is tracker with Barker lever to the Great Organ. This is a late application of lever pneumatics and is unusual in that it operates on the exhaust principle. The motors are encased under pressure behind a glass panel and start from the extended position, exerting maximum force when most needed to overcome the pluck of the pallet. The force falls away as the pallet opens, giving a quieter action.

The organ was renovated by Harrison & Harrison in 1970, but apart from the installation of balanced expression pedals and an electric blower, it remained in its original specification with original pipework and action.

By 2003, the organ was becoming ‘tired’ and Nicholson & Co was commissioned to undertake the restoration project. The organ was dismantled and brought back to the workshop for repair in 2006. A re-dedication service was held by the Rt Rev Ian Cundy, Bishop of Peterborough, in September 2006, which was followed by an inaugural concert by the international recitalist, Jane Parker-Smith, in October.

Specification

 

Great
Double Open Diapason
Open Diapason I
Open Diapason II
Gamba
Claribel
Stopped Diapason
& Clarabella
Principal
Harmonic Flute
Twelfth
Fifteenth
Mixture III
Trumpet

Swell
Open Diapason
Flute Harmonique
Lieblich Gedact
Salicional
Angelica
Principal
Fifteenth
Mixture III
Horn
Oboe
Tremulant


16
8
8
8
8
84
4
22/3
2

8


8
8
8
8
8
4
2

8
8

Choir
Horn Diapason
Dulciana
String Gamba
Hohl Flöte
Gemshorn
Wald Flute
Harmonic Piccolo
Clarinet
Vox Humana
Tremulant

Pedal
Open Diapason
Bourdon
Quint
Octave
Flute Bass
Trombone
Tromba

8
8
8
8
4
4
2
8
8

16
16
102/3
8
8
16
8