Pipe Organ Database

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Richard Bridge (1733)

Location:

Trinity Episcopal Church
One Queen Anne Square
Newport, RI 02840 US
Organ ID: 10002

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 12 ranks. 2 manuals. 12 stops. 12 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: Pipes exposed (in whole or in part) in a gallery at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 12
  • Registers: 12
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: No enclosed divisions.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on November 08, 2005:

Updated through on-line information from Paul Cienniwa. -- The organ was completed in 1733 and installed in 1734. The original console is the the Museum of Newport History (see photo at Trinity website). Note skunk-tail sharps. Original façade is still at Trinity; some of the pipes sound if blown through. They were presumably incorporated into the original instrument (i.e., not just ornamental). For some anecdotal information, visit Trinity's website. -- Manual compass = C,D-d3.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on November 04, 2005:

Updated through on-line information from John Speller. -- Case and façade pipes survive in church (housing present Wicks organ), one keyboard and stop jambs in Newport Historical Society museum, pipework went to Methodist Church in Schuylerville, New York in nineteenth century but no longer there. Orig. stop list: GREAT: Open Diapason, Stop Diapason, Principal, Flute, Twelfth, Fifteenth, Tierce Bass, Tierce Treble, Trumpet Treble; ECHO: Open Diapason, Stop Diapason, Trumpet. See Barbara Owen, "Colonial Organs: Being an Account of Some Early English Instruments exported to the Eastern United States", BIOS Journal, 3(1979), pp. 94-96. -- Great: C, D-d3 50 notes; Echo: c1-d3 27 notes

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Organ was gift of Rev. Dean Berkeley, later Bishop of Cloyne in Ireland. Building dates from 1726. Parts of the case still exist.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist (Source: John Speller, citing Owen, see bibliography; 2005-11-04)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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