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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Sporting Organs - Sepia Saturday.

When I was sorting the pictures I took in Cornwall last week I found two of the interior of Truro Cathedral that included the 17th-century Byfield Organ. Originally intended for the Chapel Royal at Westminster it was never installed there. A local mine owner presented the organ to Truro..


The organ pipes can just be seen to the right of the left hand pillar.



Here the organ is at the top right.
To introduce some sporting men I have to go back to 1955 with this team picture taken at the Appelby Frodingham Steel Company cricket ground in Scunthorpe:

Lincolnshire Colts v Nottinghamshire Colts (1955, I think)
I had to get into the act - centre front row.

But on 28 April 1956 at St Andrews University sports ground the photographer could not get all the fielders in the shots. You will have to accept my word that I was there at coverpoint in both.

St Andrews University v Forfarshire
Photos by Gillian Falconer

There's more to check out at: Alan's Sepia Saturday 75

17 comments:

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Oh Bob that narrative and photos of the cathedral are very interesting. I would get dizzy and fall off if I had to go up there to play the organ. St. Andrews has always been so mystical to me. Just reading about the place. I enjoy golf games that are played up there.
QMM

Karen S. said...

What exciting stuff! I have to check out what this new theme is yet....Saturday will be here soon. I grew up going to a church that had the finest pipe organs (if I'm saying that correctly) but later in my life I was introduced to some more in James J. Hill's house...it's located in his art gallery...and when they play there is nothing more lovely....Great post Bob, thank you!

Rosalind Adam said...

It's a beautiful cathedral in Truro and in your photographs it looks like a haven of peace but unfortunately when we were there they were renovating. The place was covered with scaffolding, workmen and continual hammering.

Postcardy said...

I like the cricket team picture with everyone having arms and legs crossed the same way.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Truro Cathedral looks absolutely beautiful. Relatively speaking, quite modern, I understand, and yet already needing renovation and restoration.

Kristin said...

I always like photos of cathedrals, also like them in real life.

Little Nell said...

Ah Bob, you have touched my heart here. I just love English cathedrals (see my comment on Dakotaboo’s post this week). I also have fond memories of Truro (probably because Ross Poldark always seemed to have just gone there according to Demelza! It’s a lovely place and we had many great family holidays round there. I’m no great lover of cricket, though I am very impressed by your sporting prowess; however, Nottingham is my home city and Lincoln is where I lived for many a long year, so, well done for stirring the memories.

Howard said...

Nice pic of you in your whites! did the photographer tell you all to cross your arms or is that standard accepted practice for a cricket team photo?

whowerethey said...

My uncle can play the pipe organ although his forte is the harpsichord. It is crazy to watch a pipe organ concert and the organist uses their feet as much as their hands. Beautiful pictures.

TICKLEBEAR said...

i think i could have a field day in Truro with my camera. you're quite photogenic in that pic too.
thanx 4 sharing!!
:)~
HUGZ

Mattias Kroon said...

Impressive with the mighty organs in the cathedrals.

Jinksy said...

Wish I had a ceiling that looked like that!

MuseSwings said...

I rarely read an interesting post without going off to investigate something further about it. In this case it was "why is it called cricket". Many thoughts on the subject but it's probably derived from an ancient word meaning stick. sounds reasonable. The game may be more than 700 years old. Cool. And now, if I could just take a trip to Truro... Lovely post!

Tattered and Lost said...

Cricket has always baffled me, but I do appreciate the "uniforms" which always looks so nice.

Janice said...

Oh, my! Those cathedral pictures are gorgeous!

barbara and nancy said...

Gorgeous pipe organ pictures...and you were pretty gorgeous, too!!
Barbara

L. D. Burgus said...

The cathedrals are so fascinating to see. I like the lighting effects all the stained glass windows create. Great shots.