This design is a cross between the Dutch street organ and the
German fair organ. The internal layout is more like the German
organ, with a small array of display pipes and inverted trumpets
behind the façade, but the main melody sound is pure
"Dutch". The organ's outline can be seen in the
Anna began by carving the individual scrolls using lime-wood,
mounting each piece onto a base board.
The façade's backing board was first rough-cut out to
profile, then the individual carved shapes were screwed onto
The board was then cut to the required shape. Once finally
fitted, the board was filed to match the carvings exactly, and
the six panels were made and fitted.
Anna then tackled the painting. The panels were done first, so
Anna could match the colour scheme of the carvings to the overall
The top centre panel carries the organ's name and where it
was built. It began while the organ-building business was in
Pembroke Dock, and finished in Stony Stratford. The lower centre
panel depicts Cape Town, where Anna was born.
The left main panel shows Pembroke Castle, located only a mile
from our works. Above the castle is a Sunderland flying boat,
depicting war-time when these monsters were stationed in the
Cleddau river close by the location of our works. The right main
panel shows the church of St Mary & St Giles, Stony
Stratford, our local church, and the elaborate pub signs of the
"Cock" and the "Bull", the origin of the
saying "cock and bull story".
The small panels show the traditional Welsh dragon and the famous
concrete cows of Milton Keynes, now located in our local