Potters Bar, St Mary the Virgin

2020: installation and refurbishment of the Lewis/Walker organ from St Alkmund’s church, Derby, 3 manuals, 49 stops

The original 1885 two-manual Forster & Andrews organ had been rebuilt, modified and enlarged on numerous occasions, and was still inadequate for the large building. The church had new plans to enlarge it even further, until we suggested they visit Derby, and inspect the fine three-manual Lewis/Walker organ, which was looking for a new home.

Once the church’s organist, Dave Miller, and their consultant, Paul Hale, had tried the organ and agreed it would be ideal, the plans were set in motion, Faculties approved, and instrument installed. The opening recital performed by Paul Hale, on March 14th 2020, to a large and enthusiastic audience proved to be very timely, only a week prior to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Organ booklet

This booklet, The Organs of The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin & All Saints, Potters Bar, is written by Paul Hale and Dave Miller.

Contra Salicional (B) 16
Open Diapason 8
Lieblich Gedeckt 8
Octave 4
Waldflöte 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Super Octave 2
Sesquialtera 12.17
Trumpet (C) 8
Swell to Great
Positive to Great
Geigen Principal 8
Rohrflöte 8
Viole da Gambe 8
Voix Celeste (t.c.) 8
Geigen Principal 4
Flauto Traverso 4
Fifteenth 2
Scharf 22.26.29
Contra Fagotto (A) 16
Horn (A) 8
Oboe 8
Vox Humana 8
Clarion (A) 4
Unison Off
Sub Octave
Bourdon 8
Salicional (B) 8
Spitzflöte 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Block Flöte 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Larigot 1 1/3
Crumhorn 8
Trumpet (C) 8
Sub Octave
Swell to Positive
Contra Bass (digital) 32
Open Wood (digital) 16
Violone Bass 16
Sub Bass (D) 16
Salicional (B) 16
Principal (E) 8
Bass Flute (D) 8
Fifteenth (E) 4
Octave Flute (D) 4
Recorder 2
Mixture 19.22
Contra Trombone (digital) 32
Trombone (C) 16
Fagotto (A) 16
Trumpet (C) 8
Horn (A) 8
Zink (C) 4
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Positive to Pedal
Generals on Swell Toe Pistons
Great & Pedal Combinations Coupled
Console Accessories
Detached stop-key console with locking roll-top
6 thumb pistons to Great
6 thumb pistons to Swell
6 thumb pistons to Positive
1 reversible thumb piston for Great to Pedal
1 reversible thumb piston for Swell to Pedal
1 reversible thumb piston for Positive to Pedal
1 reversible thumb piston for Swell to Great
1 reversible thumb piston for Positive to Great
1 reversible thumb piston for Swell to Positive
6 general thumb pistons (1-3 in tenor of Swell key-slip, 4-6 in treble)
1 setter thumb piston
1 general cancel thumb piston
Stepper Advance thumb pistons in Swell and Great piston slips
Stepper Retard thumb piston in Positive piston slip
6 toe pistons to Pedal
6 toe pistons to Swell
1 reversible toe piston for Great to Pedal
Stepper Advance toe piston
Balanced swell pedal
MIDI control box [added] in existing drawer
Capture system control panel [added] in existing drawer
Console lights
Blower and light switches
Great pipes looking West
The old organ