Fit for a Queen: St Mary the Virgin, Finedon, Northamptonshire

‘Father' Bernard Smith made this organ for the Chapel Royal at Windsor in 1704. After Queen Anne died, King George I thought the Windsor set-up 'too popish' and the Sub-Dean, the Reverend Sir John Dolben, was out of a job. Dolben became the Vicar of Finedon and, being wealthy, paid for the organ to follow him in 1717. The central pipe in the case has the Royal Coat of Arms of Queen Anne on it and the superb carving may be by Grinling Gibbons.

The jambs and stop-labels of the original console survive on the front of the case. As well as the front pipes there are over 500 original inside pipes still in use.

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