History of the Instrument

As part of our objectives for this project we are looking researching the history of this instrument as much as possible.

We hope to add more information as we find it.

Located in the largest Church designed by John Douglas & Daniel Fordham, this instrument is probably the largest fully mechanical Pipe Organ in North Wales.  Funding for construction of St John’s Church was provided by Mrs Sarah Williams in memory of her husband James Dyson Perrins former owner of Lea & Perrins and father of Charles William Dyson Perrins. Whilst their mother was funding the construction of the building her children provided the furnishings of the Church along with this sizeable instrument, donated by Mrs William’s daughter Sarah Gerturde Potter in memory of her father. Given the family connection with Worcester, Nicholson’s was a natural choice of Organ Builder. Whilst the organ was installed in 1895 the Church was scheduled for completion in 1892 until the tower collapsed as they were completing it.

The instrument casework was designed by John Douglas and incorporates Diapason pipes at the front with the sides of the casework looking unfinished. All parts of this instrument are extremely easy to get to and are constructed of the finest materials that have withstood the test of time. With the exception of a newer concave pedalboard, balanced swell pedal, electric blower and possible replacement of the Swell Principal with a Viol D’Orchestre the organ is in near original condition right down to the still functioning 3 hand pump levers and the very sizeable wind reservoirs. While the instrument has provided loyal service since its installation it is now a tired instrument in need of restoration.

St John Organ 1895

St John’s 1895, shortly after opening.