The Organ at St Paul's Church, Rondebosch

Organ at St Paul's
The Organ today in the West Gallery
St Paul's Parish Church Organ is a three manual Willis organ which is situated in the West End Gallery. The organ was moved here in 1962 when the west gallery was built
 
The organ originally was situated on the North side of the Chancel with the pipes sounding both into the Chancel area and down the North side aisle. This organ was built by "Father" Henry Willis of London and installed around 1884. It consisted of two manuals, a full pedal board and nineteen stops. [Pyporrels in Suid-Afrika : Albert Troskie. J L van Schaik, Pretoria:1992]
 
Sketch of Organ in Northside Chapel
A sketch of the East end of St Paul's which appeared
on an appeal leaflet for the improving of the organ circa 1949
 
Specifications of the Willis Organ of 1884 as given by Willis in a letter to the parish in 1960
GREAT
Open Diapason 8'
Clarabel Flute 8'
Dulciana 8'
Principal 4
Fifteenth 2'
SWELL
Open Diapason 8'
Lieblich Gedackt 8'
Gemshorn 4'
Cornopean 8'
 
PEDAL
Bourdon 16' [42 notes]
Bass Flute 8'[42 notes]
Flute 4'
 
 
Couplers:
Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
2 Combination Pedal to Great
 
Letter from Henry Willis 1960
A letter from Henry Willis from 1960 describing the original organ fitted in 1883. 
Specifications of the Henry Willis Organ at St Paul's Rondebosch before the 1960s rebuild, from a note by Mr Arthur McConnell made in August 1945
GREAT
Double Open Diapason 16 feet (12 bottom pipes stepped wood)
Open Diapason 8 feet
Claribel8 feet
Dulciana8 feet
Principal4 feet
Harmonic Flute4 feet
Fifteenth2 feet
Corno di Bassetto8 feet (Clarinet)
Trumpet8 feet
SWELL
Open Diapason8 feet (12 bottom pipes stopped wood)
Saliclonal8 feet (12 bottom pipes of No. 11 and No. 12 are grooved into No. 13)
Vox Angelica8 feet
Lieblich Gedacht8 feet
Gemshorn 4 feet
Flageolet2 feet
Cornopean8 feet
Vox Humana8 feet
Tremulant (by Pedal) 
PEDAL
Open Diapason (wood)16 feet
Bourdon16 feet
COUPLERS
Swell to Great 
Swell to Pedal 
Great to Pedal. 
Three Composition Pedals acting on Great Organ.
 
The Current Organ
The St Paul's organ was extensively rebuilt and enlarged when it was moved to the West Gallery in the late 1960s/early 1970s but most of the Willis pipes were retained in the re-build. It now has three manuals and a full pedal organ.
 
Here are the specifications of the current organ:
PEDAL
Open Dispason Wood 16'
Open Diapasion Metal 16'
Bourdon 16'
Contra Dulciana 16'
Quint 10 2/3
Principal 8'
Bass Flute 8'
Octave Flute 4'
Contra Fagotto 16'
 
 
 
 
 
 
SWELL
Open Diapason 8'
Lieblich Gedacht 8'
Salicion 8'
Voix Celeste 8' TC
Gemshorn 4'
Flagelot 2'
Mixture 17-19-22
Contra Fagotto 16'
Cornopean 8'
Oboe 8'
Octave Oboe 4'
Tremulant
GREAT
Double Open Diapson 8'
Large Open Diapason 8'
S Open Diapson 8'
Stopped Diapsaon 8'
Principal 4'
Lielich Flute 4'
Twelfth 2 2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Trumpet 8'
Trompa 8'
CHOIR
Contra Dulciana 16'
Claribel 8'
Viol d'Orchestre 8'
Dulciana 8'
Flute Harm. 4'
Nazard 2 2/3'
Flautina 2'
Corn de Bassetto 8'
Trumpet 8'
Trompa 8'
Tremulant
 
 
 
 
 
Couplers and Combinations
Swell, Great & Choir to Pedal
Swell Sub & Sup Octave
Swell to Great
Swell octave to Great
Swell Sub Oct Great
Choir to Great
Choir Sub Oct to Great
Swell to Choir
4 foot Combinations for swell and pedal
plus foot great to pedal
4 foot combination for Great to Pedal
Swell to Great
Swell and Choir Pedals
Organ Console
The Console today