In 1735 Richard Bridge built his masterpiece organ for Christ Church Spitalfields. Despite the near derelict condition of the building by the mid-twentieth century, the organ and its casework, although in need of restoration had survived, a testament to the skills and talents of the Georgian craftsmen. Thanks to the perseverance and unwavering commitment of the Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields and William Drake, the organ was restored to its original splendor and grace, ensuring its legacy for generations to come.
The following report is a review for the restoration process of the organ casework, detailing the step by step process of restoring the pipe shades, hats, carved serpentine panels and moldings, the friezes and the carved flats. This work was undertaken by Laurent Robert at the William Drake organ building workshop over a period of eighteen months. It was a unique experience to participate in the restoration of the organ and a privilege to walk behind the steps of those great builders to whom we dedicate our gratitude.