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Memorial details

Memorial type
Church Fabric / Fitting: Organ or organ part
District
Islington
Town
Finsbury Park
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 17th December 1920
    Attended by: Mr H L Balfour, organist of the Royal Choral Society at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Rededicated
    Date: 9th November 2014
    Attended by: Re-installation of the boards: members of the local Congregationalist, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic churches
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
47881

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Current location

The boards are at the front of the church on the right-hand side.
St Mellitus Church
Tollington Park
Finsbury Park
Islington
Greater London
N4 3AG
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 30860 87087
Denomination: Roman Catholic

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Description
Organ with two dedicatory wooden boards, one relating to parishioners who died in WW1, the other to those who served in WW1 and returned. Both boards have inscriptions in gold-painted lettering. The board listing those who died has a Latin cross and foliate branches carved in relief at top, and the names in a gothic-style font in upper and lower case. The board listing those who served and returned has a wreath and laurel leaves at top, and the names in a simple sans-serif font, all in capitals. The organ has a Grade II historic organ certificate from the British Institute of Organ Studies, and it was restored in 2020-21. New Court Congregational Church was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster in 1959 and was renamed St Mellitus's Church, hence the memorial is now known as 'The St Mellitus Organ'.
Inscription
Board listing those who died: 1914 1919/ "FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH"/ (NAMES)/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN/ GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN/ ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CHURCH WHO/ SERVED AND DIED IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919. THIS ORGAN IS DEDICATED/ DECEMBER 12TH 1920 Board listing those who served and returned: 1914 1919/ "THEY WERE A WALL UNTO US/ BOTH BY NIGHT AND DAY."/ (NAMES)/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN/ GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN/ ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CHURCH WHO/ SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919/ THIS ORGAN IS DEDICATED/ DECEMBER 12TH 1920
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, J E
Adams, S
Adoms, E A
Adowcroft, M
Alford, Ayred
Alford, P
Allen, H
Ashcroft, Ceal
Ashman, G F
Ashman, James
See details for all 220 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 221
    Served and returned: 175
    Died: 46
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname (board listing those who died): initials, surname (board listing those who returned)
    Order of information: Surname, forename
Components
  • Board
    Measurements: depth C 1IN, height C 6FT 6IN, width C 22.5IN
    Materials: Wood
  • Organ or Organ part
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Unknown
Listing information
Condition
History
The organ was restored in 2020-21 by Mander Organs. The wooden boards had been thought lost, but were discovered in a boiler room at the New Court Elm Pentecostal Church in Regina Road, Finsbury Park, which was built by the Congregationalists when they moved from what is now St Mellitus. Funds were raised to restore the boards and they were officially reinstalled in St Mellitus church at a Remembrance Day service in 2014.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

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