Chant and Hymn Tunes
Barrel No.1

  1.  Hanover (old 104th)   g# Dr W. Croft 1678-1727
  2.  Lord Mornington's chant    e           Lord Mornington 1735-1781
  3.  Windsor Chapel                         d
  4.  tune unknown                              f
  5.  Bristol                                  d    Psalm 108, Coombs
  6.  Gainsborough                            g            Isaac Smith c. 1770
  7.  Falcon Street                             c            Isaac Smith c. 1770
  8.  Abingdon                            g    Dr. Heighington 1679-1774
  9.  Chant                   a   Thomas S.. Dupuis 1733-1796
10. Montgomery                                d    W. Champness 1772
11. Morton                                         d    German chorale
12. Old Hundredth                             a   German Psalter, 1551

Barrel No.2

1.  Mount Ephraim    c#  Benjamin Milgraove, c. 1769
2.  Sheldon, New York or Chimes  d    J. Whitton, late 18th C.
3.  Adeste fidelis              e    arranged by J.F.Wade, 1711-1786
4.  Georges (a Jera tune)                g
5.  Irish                               f     Dublin Collection, 1749
6.  New Sabbath              d    T. Phillips, c. 1880
7.  Oxford                          c    Coombe, c. 1775
8.  Islington                       c            Anon. c. 1760
9.  Easter Hymn               d    Lyra Davidica 1708 & present form 1741
10. Surrey                                 g    H. Carey, 1690-1743
11. Burford                            g minor    Chetham's Psalmody, 1718
12. St Anne                               d    Dr. Croft, 1708
"When the organ was first installed Fuller presented the male members of the choir with white smocks, buckskin breeches and yellow stockings and  the females with red cloaks to be worn on the day the organ was first played and afterwards."

Hutchinson, pp 93. 

Fuller had  previously  encouraged the psalmody in  Brightling church by providing nine bassoons to  accompany the singing.

The firm of Harrison & Harrison did restoration  work on the organ in 1960 and 1964. The organ was  more recently restored in 1999 by  Stuart Stobbs  and Domenic Gwynn of the firm  Martin Goetze and  Dominic Gwynn, Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Funding for the 1999 restoration was made possible by grant aid and contributions from:

Council for the Care of Churches Leche Trust
Diapson Trust   Manifold Trust
Sir Paul McCartney        Colin and Robin Fox
Andrew Fox      Michael and Shuna Mulholland
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
© Rupert Lloyd Thomas 2003
"The barrel organ...used a barrel (or cylinder), made of wood, with strategically placed pins to force air into a pipe to produce a sound. It comprised four basic parts;-the wind-chest, combining sound board and pipe-rack with pipes; the key frame and action parts; the bellows and reservoir, complete with operating mechanism and, finally the barrel where the tune was represented by pins and bridges."

Anne Holman, pp 8.

The British Institute of Organ Studies granted the organ at St. Thomas of Canterbury [N15468]  an  Historic Organs Certificate (Ungraded) awarded 1999
Grid ref: TQ6821    Survey date: 1977
Gilded Speaking Pipes
Special thanks to David Gasson, pictured here with the
author, who kindly gave a demonstration of the barrel organ and its wonderful sound in July 2003.
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