89-Key Gavioli No. 8757

This instrument was built at the Gavioli works in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Believed to originally be an 84-key instrument, it was imported by Chiappa Ltd, London, who rebuilt the organ to play standardised 89-key ‘Violin-Bariton’ cardboard music books.

The organ was used successively in the three-abreast galloping horses roundabout of Henry Jennings, J & H Williams, Sam Williams, Con. Studt, S. Manning, J. Connely, and finally, Butlins of Bognor Regis. It was purchased in a derelict condition by John H. Bailey of Stratford-upon-Avon who restored the organ and decorative front. In 1997 the instrument was purchased by Ted Reed and became a permanent exhibition at the Amersham Fair Organ Museum.

Played on open days between:
November, January & March: 12:20 – 12:35 & 14:45 – 15:00
December, February & April: 11:00 – 11:20, 13:30 – 13:45 & 16:25 – 16:40

Bailey Gavioli

Photographs: AFOM Collection & National Fairground & Circus Archive, University of Sheffield (lower: Gavioli 8757 in Jennings’ gallopers c.1911).

89-key Gavioli 8757 playing: Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major – Noel & Pelosi