HKG1908

Census IDHKG1908
LocationHong Kong, St. Peter's Church (Anglican)
BuilderHenry Speechly & Son
SpecsII/13 + Ped
ActionProbably mechanical, with some pnuematics

St. Peter’s Anglican Church, West Point, originally established as a seamen’s mission, was built in 1871-72. In 1908 a II/13 organ was installed by Henry Speechly and Sons, built to a design by a Mr. H.L. Stringer. The dedicatory recital on HKG1908 was played on 6 February by Denman Fuller, organist of St. John’s Cathedral.

The specs were:

Great

Open Diapason 8ꞌ

Clarabella 8ꞌ

Dulciana 8ꞌ

Principal 4ꞌ

Wald Flute 4ꞌ

Piccolo Harmonic 2ꞌ

Swell

Violin Diapason 8ꞌ

Lieblich Gedact 8ꞌ

Vox Angelica 8ꞌ

Geigen Principal 4ꞌ

Oboe 8ꞌ

Pedal

Bourdon 16ꞌ

Flute Bass 8′

Couplers/Accessories SW/GT, SW/Ped, GT/Ped, two compositions pedals each to SW and GT.

Around 1920-21 Blackett and Howden rebuilt the two-manual organ, probably making it fully pneumatic. The church was closed in 1932, though not torn down until the 1950s. A land swap was arranged with the Hong Kong Government for the site of the present Christ Church, Kowloon Tong.

St. Peter’s was reestablished as a chapel in the new Sailor’s Home and Mission to Seamen on Gloucester Road, and the organ was moved there in 1933, probably with assistance from W.C. Blackett (see photo). It disappeared after the Mission moved its premises in the Mariner’s Club in Kowloon in 1967.  In 2018 plans were announced to demolish the Mariner’s Club and replace it with a new building, works which are ongoing at present.

St. Peter’s, West Point, ca. 1910.

The same corner on Des Voeux Road West in 2018. The stone retaining wall under the right-hand block of the police station is the last remaining bit of St. Peter’s Church.