Extraordinary discovery

Wednesday, 14 December 2011
There was incredulity when a team from The British Institute of Organ Studies discovered a 19th-century organ at the Saxmundham Masonic Hall in Suffolk.

The organ was originally built for and installed in nearby Sibton Hall and the date 1830 can be seen inside it, along with the name of Leeds organ builder Joseph Greenwood. The records of Abiff Lodge, No. 2810, show that in 1935 ‘a single manual mahogany-cased pipe organ was purchased from the widow of Mr W Hall, stone mason, for the sum of £22’. The instrument is in good condition and only requires tuning occasionally. It still boasts its polished mahogany case but to restore it to its original condition, including its gold leaf-finished front pipes, would run into several thousand pounds.

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