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No. 15 Blow,blow..

Many electric blowers in Parish churches were installed in the 1940’s and 50’s. Webmaster knew a chap who as a boy was paid 2 shillings and sixpence (15p) for three months of hand pumping at Wicken St Laurence until the blower was installed in 1947.

The magnificent 1649 organ at Zeerijp, The Netherlands (right), employed two persons treading on stout oak levers. A stop knob on the console rings a bell at the back to warn them of imminent wind demand!

A recently expired Discus blower ( ex Wicken and then Kennett) shows the typical structure of a 1940’s model in the pictures below.

Nowadays better design of impellers provides steady pressure and it is possible to do without regulation systems and bellows.

Discus blower pictures will appear here