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Corpus Christi Church was consecrated in 1941 and was originally equipped with an early electronic organ (possibly a Hammond), some of the machinery of which remains intact in two cabinets on the back wall of the west gallery. Around 1970 the church decided to purchase a second-hand pipe organ, which was apparently bought from Charleston Road Methodist Church, Ranelagh, and installed in Corpus Christi by Gerry Smith and Sam Wright. The original builder is unknown (various possible builders have been suggested), though much of the pipework is by Peter Conacher.
The builder of this organ is unknown, but Derek Verso surmises that it might have been John White, or possibly John White bought it from a French builder (Cavaillé-Coll?). The action is mechanical throughout; the manuals each have 56 notes and the pedal 30.
The author (ROD) is unclear whether the specification below represents the organ before or after Derek Verso's work, but suspects that this is the original stoplist.
Unusual features of this instrument include (from Derek Verso's notes for BIOS conference held in Maynooth, July 1991):
The organ is located on the wall at the top of the church, to the left of the altar. The console is positioned on the floor beneath the pipes, at the juncture of the transept and the nave; originally it faced down the church, but in 1989 it was turned to face the altar.
This information was supplied by Jacqueline Mulcair.
Stops marked * were added by Derek Verso in 1989.