History of the Organ

HISTORICAL NOTE

The organ was delivered and erected in time for its dedication and opening on Whit Sunday 1904. The Parish Magazine at the time reported that its arrival in huge cases aroused considerable interest. It travelled to Barnsley from Leeds in six of the largest trucks of the Midland Railway. It was transported from the railway station, up Racecommon Road, on 12 drays pulled by 20 powerful draught horses. It weighed between 10 and 12 tons.

The Vicar, the Revd H Mitchell said at the time, "This organ will be used by the Church on Earth when we have joined the Church in Heaven."

How true his words are for the organ still performs very well and is a credit to the workmanship of the builder, Mr James J Binns.

As described in St Edward’s Parish News, August 1903.


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