Thursday, 5 May 2011

Faith in the City - Binns Organ

This week only. Lidgett Park Methodist Church is having an open week with a small display of Christening Robes and Wedding Dresses belonging to members of the congregation.

I went along to visit and realise they have one of James Jepson Binn's organs, which had originally been designed and fitted at Eldon Methodist Church in Woodhouse Lane.

Apparently there used to be quite a community of organ builders in Bramley, the most notable being "Battleship Binns". One of his instruments was embroidered by Anne Boyle for the Faith Panel but unfortunately the database doesn't include where this organ is housed.

I quote from the Albert Hall, Nottingham website

James Jepson Binns (1855-1928) was one of the most successful and prolific of the numerous Yorkshire organ builders working at the turn of the 20th century. The firm's most distinguished work was produced between the 1890s and the First World War. Binns was initially apprenticed to the Leeds firm of Radcliffe and Sagar, and from about 1873 to 1880 he worked for Abbott and Smith, latterly as head voicer. He established his Bramley Organ Works in 1880.

For those interested in finding more Binn's organs there's a Wiki site listing locations
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