James Jepson Binns

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An organ by Binns in St Aidan's Church, Leeds, 1896

James Jepson Binns (c. 1855–11 March 1928)[1] was a pipe organ builder based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.[2]

Binns was born in Burnley, Lancashire and was married twice - firstly, on 12 March 1883, to Frances Mary Neville Collins and secondly, in September 1919, to Marion Eva Cuff.[1]

Organs[edit]

Pipe organs at the following locations were either built or rebuilt by James Jepson Binns or his JJ Binns company. A number of these buildings have been demolished and the organs broken up or destroyed. Many original Binns organs in this list have been subsequently rebuilt by other organ builders.

  • Albert Hall, Nottingham has an organ built by Binns in 1909, replacing a Brindley & Foster destroyed by fire[3]
  • All Saints' Church, Stamford, Lincolnshire, the 1890 Hill organ was rebuilt by Binns in 1916[4]
  • Baillie Street Methodist Church in Rochdale, 1892. Building demolished, but organ acquired by Christ Church, Worthing in 1967
  • Christ Church, Patricroft, City of Salford 1896.[5]
  • Christ Church, Great Ayton Build date uncertain, possibly around 1899
  • Christ Church, Worthing, acquired from Baillie Street Methodist Church in Rochdale in 1967 and rebuilt by Percy Daniel & Co. Ltd. in 1970[6]
  • Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Newcastle upon Tyne, work on the 1902 Vincent and Co. organ by Binns, Fitton and Haley in 1931 [7]
  • Farnsfield Parish Church of St. Michael has a JJ Binns organ.
  • Fulneck Moravian Church, 1930 work on 1748 Schnetzler organ [8]
  • G.E. Franklin, Derby 1903. Moved to Castle Gate Congregational Centre in 1909.
  • Galston Parish Church, Ayrshire, 1913. http://www.kirknews.org.uk - The present building was erected in 1809, the third building since the Reformation of 1560, at a total cost of £3200. The architect was John Brash of Glasgow and it has a 120 ft spire. The Chancel was added to the original rectangular building in 1912 and the organ, a 3-manual pipe organ by J. J. Binns of Leeds, was installed in 1913. It has an electro-pneumatic action patented by the organ maker. The stained glass windows at the rear of the chancel form part of memorial to church members who died in the 1st World War. Gifted to the church by John Littlejohn, coalmaster and elder, the windows were designed by Oscar Paterson of Glasgow. See Growing Together in Faith - History of Galston Parish Church 1909-2009 by Irene Hopkins. Centenary celebrations for the Organ commenced with a Songs of Praise in Galston Parish Church on Sunday, 10 February 2013, featuring the congregation, organist and choirmaster Graeme Finnie and the Church Choir - along with international mezzo soprano Linda Finnie. The service was conducted by Rev. Alastair Symington, locum tenens during the church's vacancy. Representatives of the Scottish Historic Organ Trust visited the church on 27 April 2013 to examine, photograph and play the organ. The British Institute of Organ Studies, in June 2013, awarded the Galston Organ a Grade 2* Historic Organ Certificate, the second highest grade of certificate awarded. A Celebrity Organ Recital was held on Saturday, 19 October at 7pm, featuring international organist Ian Hare; and a Festival of Advent and Christmas Music featuring international mezzo-soprano Linda Finnie, a Brass Ensemble from Newmilns and Galston Band, Galston Parish Church Choir led by Director of Music, Graeme Finnie, was held on Sunday, 15 December 2013, service conducted by Rev. Alastair Symington, Chaplain in Ordinary to HM The Queen in Scotland.
  • Gilcomston South Church, has an organ built by Binns in 1902[9]
  • Providence Congregational Church, at Whitle, New Mills, Derbyshire 1914
  • Jesmond Parish Church, Tyneside (also known as Clayton Memorial Church), rebuilt in 1913 with four manuals, but contains pipework from an earlier T.C. Lewis organ [10]
  • Jesus College Chapel, Oxford, 1899 [11][12]
  • Kingsway Hall, Holborn, London, 1912 [13]
  • Queens' College, Cambridge [14]
  • St Aidan's Church, Leeds 1896[15]
  • St. Bartholomew's Church, Barrow [16]
  • St. Catherine's Church, Ventnor[17]
  • St. Dunstan's Church, Benoni, South Africa[18] The Ben Dijkman Organ was originally built in the 1870s by Binns in Leeds and installed in the NG Kerk in Queenstown. In 1925 it was brought to Benoni for the Dutch Reformed Church in Benoni. They sold it to St. Dunstan's in 1948 and it had to be totally rebuilt and enlarged in 1961 when the church was extended. Approximately one-third of the present pipework and most of the air-chests are original, however, the case is new. Christian Ganser was the Organ Builder.
  • St. Laurence's Church, Frodsham (also recorded as St. Lawrence's), 1882-3 and rebuilt by J.J. Binns company in 1923[19]
  • St. Laurence's Church, Norwell, Nottinghamshire, 1908 [20]
  • St. Mary's Church, Astbury, built in 1912 for King's Hall, Stoke, but presented to St. Mary's by Stoke City Council in 1962 and rebuilt and installed by Reeves & Merner [21]
  • St. Paul's Church, Boughton [22]
  • St. Peter's Church, Harrogate, work on 1879 Schulze organ[23][24][25][26][27]
  • Stoke Minster, 1899, moved from private residence by unknown organ builder in 1927[28][29][30][31]
  • St. John's Church, Haifa, Israel, 1914.[32]
  • Wesley Chapel, Harrogate 1912.
  • George Street Methodist Church, Little Driffield. Moved to Acomb Methodist Church, York in 1964. This organ is known locally to be one of the finest examples of the work of this well renowned organ builder. It is home to many tonal delights, and has stood the test of time impeccably. During 2009 a major restoration of the pedal department was undertaken, and in 2010, the organ was awarded an Historic Organ Certificate. (www.ydoa.co.uk) 1906.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Binns Family: James Jepson BINNS (I4059)". thebinnsfamily.org.uk. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Jackson, Kenneth C. (2002). "James Jepson Binns : a Yorkshire organ-builder". Yorkshire Archaeological Journal (Maney) 74: 235–45. ISSN 0084-4276. 
  3. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Nottinghamshire, Nottingham Albert Hall, Derby Road [N01509]". 
  4. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Lincolnshire, Stamford All Saints [N14342]". 
  5. ^ "Lancashire (Manchester, Greater), Patricroft Christ Church, Liverpool Road [R01766]". 
  6. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Sussex (Sussex, West), Worthing Christ Church [N15650]". 
  7. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Northumberland (Tyne and Wear), Newcastle upon Tyne St. Thomas, Haymarket [N04095]". 
  8. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Yorkshire, West Riding (Yorkshire, West), Pudsey--Fulneck, Moravian Church [R00791]". 
  9. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Gilcomston South Church". 
  10. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Northumberland (Tyne and Wear), Newcastle upon Tyne--Jesmond, Clayton Memorial Church, (Jesmond Parish Church), Eskdale Terrace [N14888]". 
  11. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Oxfordshire, Oxford Jesus College Chapel, Turl Street [N11028]". 
  12. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Oxfordshire, Oxford Jesus College Chapel, Turl Street [N12384]". 
  13. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Middlesex (London, Greater), Holborn Kingsway Hall, 75 Kingsway [N16549]". 
  14. ^ "national Pipe Organ Register entry for Cambridgeshire, Cambridge Queens' College Chapel [N05221]". 
  15. ^ St Aidan's Leeds The Organ
  16. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Cheshire, Barrow, Great St. Bartholomew [D08213]". 
  17. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Hampshire (Isle of Wight), Ventnor St. Catherine [N09734]". 
  18. ^ "St Dunstan's Cathedral". 
  19. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Cheshire, Frodsham St. Lawrence [H00016]". 
  20. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Nottinghamshire, Norwell St. Laurence [N13611]". 
  21. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Cheshire, Astbury St. Mary, Village Centre [N04306]". 
  22. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Cheshire, Chester St. Paul [N04290]". 
  23. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Yorkshire, West Riding (Yorkshire, West), Leeds--Armley, St. Bartholomew, Wesley Road [N02809]". 
  24. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Yorkshire, West Riding (Yorkshire, North), Harrogate St. Peter, Cambridge Street [N02913]". 
  25. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Yorkshire, West Riding (Yorkshire, North), Harrogate St. Peter, Cambridge Street [N02914]". 
  26. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Yorkshire, West Riding (Yorkshire, North), Harrogate St. Peter, Cambridge Street [N01463]". 
  27. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Yorkshire, West Riding (Yorkshire, North), Harrogate St. Peter, Cambridge Street [E01076]". 
  28. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent St. Peter ad Vincula [A00301]". 
  29. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent St. Peter ad Vincula [N04881]". 
  30. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Staffordshire, Leek Westwood Hall [E00286]". 
  31. ^ "National Pipe Organ Register entry for Staffordshire, Stone Residence of H.J. Johnson, Oulton Rocks [N05025]". 
  32. ^ "Israel Organ Society List of Organs".