St Mary’s Church – Barnard Castle

St Mary’s is a beautiful old church in the Auckland Archdeaconry of the Diocese of Durham and serves both the market town of Barnard Castle and the picturesque village of Whorlton along with their surrounding areas.

The installation of a new organ, replacing a previous instrument that had served the church for more than one hundred years, was the opportunity for our craftsmen to make a contribution to this piece of the Region’s heritage.

The new organ was built by Copeman Hart & Co Ltd, being a three manual and pedal digital instrument with English/French voicing facility.

T Manners & Sons Ltd was given the task of creating and fitting the timber organ enclosures and casings for the organ speakers. The work involved a detailed survey and the construction of templates on site followed by creation of the solid oak units in the joinery division’s modern workshop facilities. Particular care had to be taken in the construction of the casings to ensure they accurately matched the profile of stonework at the head of the Church’s renowned West Window.

Finally the bespoke ironmongery required for fixing the removable covers was manufactured and the complete units installed back at St Mary’s. The whole process took about six weeks and was only able to be completed with such speed because of the quality of the detailed drawings prepared by architect Christopher Downes, of Durham City.

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