SK8029 : Organ in St Guthlac's, Branston

taken 11 years ago, near to Branston, Leicestershire, England

Organ in St Guthlac's, Branston
Organ in St Guthlac's, Branston
The organ was built by Hugh Russell of London in 1794 for St Clements Church, Lever St, Manchester. That church was abandoned in 1876. James Murray lived near Manchester and got Wadsworth, a Manchester organ builder, to bring it to Branston in 1879. Unfortunately its original case was not brought with it. It has now been re-sited on a western gallery, composed of part of a screen from St Mary’s Church, Lambeth, in London. A new case has been designed as near as possible to the probably original case, the work being carried out by local craftsmen.
The 2 manual organ is one of the most important surviving organs in England from the 18th century. During the years of its restoration, two working organ conferences were held around it, and interest shown from all over the country. The finance was obtained from private sources outside the parish. These sources are only available for work for organs, and did not detract from the £80,000, which had to be raised to restore the church. Peter Horne of Nottingham is the organist and the official Curator and Custodian of the organ.
The clock is from the Isle of Wight and was wrong at the time!
St Guthlac's church, Branston

Grade II* listed
A church with west tower, late 14th C steeple, 13th C nave and aisles. The chancel was altered in 13th C.
The present church is built of sandstone with limestone dressings and shows signs of an earlier 12th century building. The font is Norman. The present south door is 10ft high and the south porch rebuilt in 1872 and south aisle restored 1895. The north aisle has 3 pillars with Norman nailhead decorations and 3 early English arches. The nave clearly shows the clerestory was added later than the older part of the church, probably 1200-1300. The vestry was built as the original organ chamber in 1880.
The chancel has an alabaster floor slab to John Spethyn, 1460.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 12 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 31 August, 2012
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8096 2951 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:51.4203N 0:47.9432W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8096 2951
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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