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John Roddam Spencer Stanhope
1828 - 1908

Painted four angels on the organ case

Stanhope angel 1

Stanhope angel  2

Stanhope angel  3

Stanhope angel  4

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George Frederick Bodley

1827 - 1907

The Organ Screen designed by Bodley with Angels by
R. Spencer Stanhope

The screen faces into the south isle and features four angels painted by R. Spencer Stanhope, a friend of William Morris. The screen and case were designed by Bodley for the church's second organ.

The first organ was a small Willis which was replaced by an over-ambitious instrument from Harrisons of Durham (then in the early days of the firm). The four-manual organ was simply too large for the case in which it was set. It was removed in 1890 and replaced by the present, noble three-manual "Father" Willis. The Harrison organ is now in a church in Wallingford, Berkshire.

The Organ Screen spencer Stanhope Angels

The organ screen Latin:Latin Psalm 113:1
Psalm 113 - Who is like the Lord out God?
This short hymn celebrates the way in which the great God who rules over all takes notice of the lowly. Such a God is indeed worthy to be praised by all mankind. Psalms 113 – 118 have been used in connection with Passover, and probably provided the hymn that Jesus and his disciples sang after the Passover supper.

Texts that appear from this psalm on the screen are as follows: 113: 1
laudate, pueri, dominum; laudate nomen domini
Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

Latin psalm 113: 3

Psalm 113:3
A solis ortu usque ad occasum laudibate nomen domini
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the Lord’s name is to be praised.

Psalm 95 - Let us sing songs of praise.Latin psalm 95:1
The first part of this psalm is a celebration of God’s kingship and the privileges his people enjoy as they worship him.

The text on the organ screen from this psalm is:
Psalm 95: 1 Venite, exultemus Domino
O come, let us sing unto the Lord.