About thirty years ago I gave a concert in West Dean Church with some friends. I’ve passed by the church many times since then, and even photographed star trails outside, but have never been back inside. This afternoon I had some free time before starting work at the nearby West Dean College so I popped in with my camera.
I don’t remember a lot about the church from my concert, although I seemed to remember it wasn’t especially warm and had only a basic upright piano. Such are the concerns of any musician! Today it seemed much warmer and I found plenty to photograph. The stairs to the upstairs gallery were open, so I took the time to photograph the organ, as well as capturing a lofty view of the nave.
Curiously I also found an elderly Bakelite telephone mounted on the wall in the organ loft. Lifting the handset, I found it’s no longer connected to the outside world, but I couldn’t help wondering about its purpose. Perhaps it was the organist’s secret lifeline to the outside world, for moments when he felt the need for a warming cup of tea?!
22 March 2019