Organ -1883 Harrison and Harrison

St Peter Church of England
Princes Street, Bishop Auckland, Durham, DL14 7BB

NPOR Index N12075

2m 18ss Harrison & Harrison organ – 1883, completed 1885, addition 1900.

Action: mechanical throughout, incl. pedals.

Overall dimensions:
In a chamber approx. 310cm N/S, 295cm E/W, but pedal Open and Vc. in 254cm wide arch to S. aisle [+100cm], and console under large coving [104cm deep] in arch [width 264cm] to chancel. Both the chancel front, with Diapason basses, and aisle front, with Vc. pipes contain speaking pipes.
Approx. height to top of highest cancel case pipes 500cm, but internally to top of
Swell box est. 760cm.

This organ remains as built, a splendid example of early Harrison & Harrison work , when Thomas Harrison (who trained with Willis) was managing and developing the business in Durham.

The organ is solidly constructed on a rather grand scale in its large chamber in the base of the tower on the south side of the chancel. Two decorated case fronts.

Excellent clear bold tonal qualities. The 18 speaking stops provide for much variety in solo or accompaniment singing out effectively into the spacious building, originally accommodating some 500 persons.

Unaltered; restored H.E.Prested of Durham 1989.

Current location: redundant church (St.Peter’s CofE), Bishop Auckland.

Offers invited for transfer/conservation as whole instrument.

Condition: In good working order – in spite of being out of use for 2 years.

Notes – Richard Hurd


Pedal
Key action Tr  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high f1  Keys 30

1
Ped. Open Diapason
16


2
Ped. Bourdon
16


3
Ped. Violoncello
8
1900





Great
Key action Tr  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high g3  Keys 56

4
Open Diapason
8


5
Hohlflote
8
stopped bass octave

6
Dulciana
8
open metal throughout

7
Principal
4


8
Harmonic Flute
4


9
Harmonic Piccolo
2

Swell
Key action Tr  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high g3  Keys 56 Enclosed

10
Sw. Bourdon
16


11
Sw. Viola
8


12
Sw. Lieblich Gedeckt
8


13
Sw. Gamba
8
bottom 12 grooved to Gedact

14
Sw. Viox Celeste
8
sp.sic!

15
Sw. Principal
4


16
Sw. Fifteenth
2


17
Sw. Horn
8


18
Sw. Oboe
8


19
Tremulant

Shops

Ashtons 7 Princes Street
Nurse Wood 21 Princes Street
J.L. Etherington 32 Princes Street
Jackson 34 Princes Street

50 Princes Street,

50a Princes Street

50b Princes Street

50c Princes Street

50d Princes Street

50e Princes Street

Taylor’s shop 62 Princes Street

Harrison 69 Princes Street
Charton’s 70 Princes Street

History

St Peter’s was originally part of the old Parish of St. Andrew. In 1872, Saint Peter’s Parish was founded (Originally called New Peel District). In 1894 its boundaries were extended to include the Etherly Lane portion of St. Andrew’s Parish. At first a mission church for 100 people was used in Peel Street, while funds were raised for a larger and more permanent building.

In the same year, building of the present structure started; at first it was intended to have a spire, however, after a money crisis when funds ran out, with only half the money raised, the then Bishop of Durham, Bishop Baring, contributed some £3000 of the £7000 it cost to build the church. He opened the church in April 1875.

On 21st October 1891, Stan Laurel, of Laurel and Hardy fame, was baptised in St. Peter’s. Laurel lived around the corner on Princes Street and attended King James I School, formerly a grammar school.

The church’s early Harrison & Harrison organ was installed in 1889 and the church was the location of the first ever recital of Edward Elgar’s ‘The Music Makers’. Elgar was a close friend of St Peter’s organist Nicholas Kilburn, whose memorial is on the organ in the church to this day.*

The large stained glass windows over the main altar connect with a running theme throughout the church as a First World War memorial. The Burlison and Grylls windows depict soldiers and nurses around Jesus on the cross, whilst a memorial opposite names the parishioners of St Peter’s who died in the fighting.

  • Saint Peter’s: A timeline
  • 1872 – St Peter’s Parish is formed
  • 1874 – Money for the current church ran out
  • 1875 – Saint Peter’s is opened by Bishop Charles Baring
  • 1876 – Hall opened for Sunday School
  • 1880 – The Peel Street building was erected to serve as a mission room
  • 1889 – Pulpit moved to current position, 200 seats were removed to make way for choir stands.
  • 1912 – Choir vestry built
  • 1922 – Memorial tablet and windows inserted
  • 1926 – Patronage transferred to the Crown
  • 1930 – Half of the parish’s population is unemployed
  • 1945 – No longer possible for the parish to have a curate. Peel and Stranton Street Sunday Schools close
  • 1964 – Parish Communion introduced
  • 1973 – Stewardship introduced to the parish
  • 1978 – Side chapels added
  • 1984 – Nave altar added
  • 1987 – Church becomes grade II listed
  • 1988 – Church re-roofing completed
  • 1990 – Durham-Lesotho Link begins
  • 1994 – Link formed with Moscow
  • 1995 – Celebration of 120 years of Saint Peter’s
  • 2009 – Rev Peter Lee retires
  • 2010 – The church elects the UK’s youngest churchwarden
  • 2013 – Last communion service held on Sunday 22nd December.
  • St. Peter’s Church – 1875-2013

*The organ was removed and transferred elsewhere. Good that it has a new home, sad it had to be moved. 2018.