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St Paul's, Llandudno - William Hill & Son, 1910
« on: December 03, 2013, 06:25:12 PM »
Greetings,

We've recently started fundraising to do a full strip down and rebuild on the 1910 William Hill & Son organ at St Paul's Church, in Craig-y-Don (part of Llandudno in North Wales).  Ours is one of only two organs in Llandudno listed Grade II by BIOS, but has developed some worrying creaks and wheezes, and packed in completely on Easter Sunday this year.  Temporary repairs mean we have use of the organ again, but the full restoration will cost us 150,000.

The fundraising page is here: http://www.churchorganfund.co.uk/ and there are some pictures of the church here http://www.flickr.com/photos/105243976@N07/

A few reasons for posting it here......
1)  Donations gratefully received, of course
2)  I'd like to speak to anyone who's a William Hill & Son expert, to find out more about the company and its work.  The information would be useful in preparing displays and grant applications.
3)  We're also trying to find out more information about the 19th century hymn writer and music shop owner James Walch.  Our organ is dedicated to his memory, but we know very little about him - anyone able to help?

Best wishes,

CHRIS

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Re: St Paul's, Llandudno - William Hill & Son, 1910
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2013, 07:45:42 PM »
We recently had our 1894 3-manual tracker Hill restored by TW Fearn & Co of Honiton.  The parish raised over 100K, much of it from grants.  You might find it useful to talk to Andrew Fearn about the work they did for us, restoring the organ to the specification and condition that Hill left it in 1994.  Good luck with your project.
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Re: St Paul's, Llandudno - William Hill & Son, 1910
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2013, 11:43:31 AM »
The organ is listed on the NPOR at http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N11694

The Uk acknowledged expert on Hill is The Revd Canon Nicholas Thistlethwaite MA PhD, the author of the widely acclaimed book 'The making of the Victorian Organ'.  This contains texts about Hill.  He is also available for consultancy work, being a member of the AIOA; see http://www.aioa.org.uk/advisers/members/nicholasT.htm , which contains details of how to contact him at Guildford Cathedral. 

The IBO has an information leaflet on fundraising etc here: http://www.ibo.co.uk/IBO2005/publications/infoSheet/downloads/Fund%20Raising%20Leaflet.pdf

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Re: St Paul's, Llandudno - William Hill & Son, 1910
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2013, 03:34:20 PM »
Thanks for those suggestions - some useful leads there.

CHRIS

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Re: St Paul's, Llandudno - William Hill & Son, 1910
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2014, 10:06:26 PM »
Fundraising is progressing - we've passed the 10,000 mark, though there's still a long way to go!

People here might be interested to see a gallery of photos we put up recently of the inside of the instrument.  We took them earlier this month when an organ builder came to give it a look over: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1439816299592205.1073741831.1381337445440091&type=1

The link should work even if you don't do Facebook...... hopefully.

Best wishes,

CHRIS

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Re: St Paul's, Llandudno - William Hill & Son, 1910
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2014, 10:06:56 AM »
Looks good - who's doing the work?

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Re: St Paul's, Llandudno - William Hill & Son, 1910
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014, 09:58:07 PM »
Hi Chris, there are a couple of big Hills I can think of which have been renovated - St Augustine's,  Penarth and St Barnabas in Ealing. Might be worth asking how they got on.

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Re: St Paul's, Llandudno - William Hill & Son, 1910
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2014, 04:59:56 PM »
Sorry for not checking in here earlier.......

The work won't start until we've raised some more money.  We've had quotes from some suitable contractors in the area, but not committed ourselves to anyone yet.

Interesting to hear about other Hill organs, thanks for the leads.  We're curious to know how it is that William Hill & Son built so many organs in North Wales when there were other builders (eg Henry Willis) closer to hand.

CHRIS

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Re: St Paul's, Llandudno - William Hill & Son, 1910
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2014, 06:17:49 PM »
Maybe, because Hill got in with Bangor and St. Asaph Cathedrals, the firm established a sphere of influence in those parts.  Or do the dates not add up?

 


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