SH7882 : An organ on the promenade

taken 3 years ago, near to Llandudno, Conwy, Great Britain

An organ on the promenade
An organ on the promenade
This 87 key fairground organ was built in 1898 by the Gavioli Organ Company in Paris and sold to showman Patrick Collins of Walsall. Around the time of the First World War it was sold on to the Hibbert Brothers from Stockport. In 1923 Hibbert Brothers ceased travelling and it was stored under one of the Stockport Viaduct arches until 1946. It was then acquired by Herbert Slack of Chapel-en-le-Frith. He restored the organ and it remained in his workshop until his death in 1981.

It was inherited by Tom Allcroft who commissioned Nottingham organ builder Anthony Cragg to do some maintenance work. In 1983 it was acquired by Derbyshire County Council with the aid of a grant from the Victoria & Albert Museum. After being stored for a time at Elvaston Castle in 1985 it was installed in the Pavilion at Buxton. A few years later it was removed and stored at a disused school in Darley Dale. In 1993 it was loaned to Crich Tramway Museum but for ten years was rarely played.

In 2012 having paid back the grant from the V&A Ian Howard of Howard Bros became its custodian and it was transported in sections to their premises at Kirk Ireton. After further restoration work the Gavioli was mounted in an E.R.F. lorry so it can be exhibited around the country.

These notes are summarised from an informative history compiled by Phil Upchurch which was mounted alongside the display on the promenade at Llandudno.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 30 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 7 May, 2016
Geographical Context
Coastal 
Date (from Tags)
1898  1923  1946  1981  1983  1985  2012 
Person (from Tags)
Patrick Collins  Herbert Slack  Tom Allcroft  Anthony Cragg  Ian Howard  Phil Upchurch 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 7845 8238 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:19.4604N 3:49.5838W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 7844 8238
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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