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Henry Groves & Son Ltd

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pipe organ builders · nottingham

Portfolio of rebuilds

St Michael’s, Little Coates (2021)
2 manuals  25 stops

The fine Rushworth & Dreaper instrument of 1936 was in need of a major rebuild, following a part electrification in 1993. Access for tuning and maintenance was impossible, with the majority of the swell organ completely inaccessible. The pneumatic multi-pallet action had become unreliable and a complete re-ordering was required.

Our tried and tested bespoke direct-electric action soundboards and efficient winding system has been installed throughout. The organ case has been moved forward by 450mm and the chamber completely re-ordered, with the pipework layout modified for optimum tonal egress. Every one of the 854 pipes and 822 action solenoids can now be accessed. A new processor based operating system, by Renatus of Bideford, has been installed complete with remote tablet for record and playback.

The tonal scheme of the organ has been updated for all three departments with some subtle extension on the Swell, an additional Mixture stop on the Great, and a vintage Great Fifteenth 2ft replacing the poor quality Flautina 2ft added in 1993. The Pedal organ has been enlarged from its original two 16ft stops. The organ now has body and brightness, together with the versatility and variety which was previously lacking.


Bourdon (E)16
Open Diapason (F)8
Hohl Flute (G)8
Harmonic Flute4
Mixture 22.26.29
Swell Horn (D)8

Swell to Great


Open Diapason8
Stopped Diapason (A)8
Echo Gamba (B)8
Voix Celeste8
Principal (C)4
Flute (A)4
Fifteenth (C)2
Mixture 19.22.26 (B)
Double Horn (D)16
Horn (D)8

Swell Octave
Unison Off
Swell Sub Octave


Salicional (I/E)16
Sub Bass (H)16
Echo Bourdon (E)16
Octave (F)8
Bass Flute (H/G)8
Octave Diapason (F)4
Double Horn (D)16

Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal


4 thumb pistons to Swell
4 thumb pistons to Great
8 general thumb pistons
Reversible thumb pistons for Swell to Great & Great to Pedal
4 toe pistons to swell
4 toe pistons to pedal
Reversible toe piston for Great to Pedal
1 setter thumb piston
1 general cancel thumb piston
Great & Pedal Combinations Uncoupled (by switch)
Generals on toe pistons (by switch)

Other rebuilds

Little Coates, St Michael’s (2021)
rebuild of a two-manual Rushworth & Dreaper organ
Olton, Solihull, St Margaret’s (2021)
Rebuild and re-ordering of the three-manual instrument
Chesterton, St Andrew’s (2020)
rebuild of 2-manual instrument, with new direct action modular windchests
Shifnal, St Andrew’s (2020)
rebuild of a 2-manual England/Abbott & Smith organ
Melton Mowbray, St Mary’s (2018)
complete rebuild and re-ordering of the 3-manual Hill/Walker organ, including addition of pedal 32ft Contra Trombone and a 5-rank Great Cornet
Hartshill, Holy Trinity (2016)
Mansfield, St Mark’s (2014)
electrification of the 2-manual Brindley & Foster organ, including a new winding system and re-ordering to improve tonal egress
Southwell, Minster Song Room (2014)
Thurgarton, St Peter’s (2014)
Waltham, All Saints (2012)
rebuild and re-ordering of the two-manual 1905 Brindley & Foster organ on new direct electric modular soundboards
Wollaton, St Leonard’s (2012)
rebuild and enlargement of 2-manual Willis organ to 3 manuals
Ashbourne, St Oswald’s (2011)
rebuild of the 3-manual Hill organ, including an additional nave organ and tonal improvements
Carrington, St John the Evangelist (2009)
rebuild and relocation, from chancel to west end gallery, of the 2-manual Yates organ
Quorn, St Bartholomew’s United Church (2007)
rebuild of the 2-manual Taylor organ with organ chamber re-ordering to improve tonal egress
Bulwell, St Mary’s (2006)
rebuild and enlargement of a 2-manual Forster & Andrews organ to 3 manuals
Blackwell, St Werbergh’s (2004)
Deeping St James, Priory Church (2003)
Heath, All Saints (2003)
New Mills, St George’s (2003)
Brampton, St Thomas (2002)
Mapperley, St Jude’s (2002)
Thurgarton, St Peter’s (2002)
Stoney Middleton, St Martin’s (2001)
Mapperley, Mapperley Methodist Church (2000)
Alfreton, St Martin’s (1999)
Brimington, St Michael’s (1999)
Gedling, All Hallows (1999)
Arnold, Church of The Good Shepherd (1998)
Nottingham, Bramcote Crematorium Chapel (1998)
Sheffield, St Aidan’s (1997)
Tideswell, Tideswell Methodist Church (1997)
Riddings, St James (1996)
Chesterfield, Rose Hill United Reformed Church (1995)
Hathersage, St Michael’s (1995)
Arkley, St Peter’s (1994)
Frognal, St Andrew’s (1993)
Willingham, St Helen’s (1993)
Wellingore, All Saints (1992)