Croydon Minster is a Grade 1 listed building with a history dating back to Saxon times.
Our organ was built in 1869 by the distinguished organ builder William Hill and Sons. It is central to the worship and rich Choral tradition at the Minster, and also plays a pivotal role in the civic life of Croydon, taking centre stage when the town’s civic community gathers.
But our heritage and musical tradition is now at risk. The Organ is in need of major and urgent restoration. It is over 40 years since any significant work to the instrument was undertaken and only 60% of it is now functioning adequately. If we do not act now we risk losing our precious and much-loved instrument altogether, and Croydon will lose (possibly for ever) its most significant choral training establishment for young people.
We will be tackling the work in phases and this website will be regularly updated with details as the work progresses. We need to raise over £250,000 to fund this restoration in order to sustain and build a unique musical heritage for future generations.
If you want to give to our appeal, there are several ways to help.
"I know that Croydon Minster is blessed with an exceptionally fine instrument, and it deserves to be restored to tip-top condition so it can take its place with pride in your regular worship, now and in the years to come.
I hope your appeal takes wing and reaches its goal so that you can continue to enjoy our wonderful heritage of church music."
"Croydon, with its long associations with the Archbishops of Canterbury, is a noted centre of excellence in worship and education in all sorts of contexts; but not the least of these is the way in which the Minster continues to honour and to nurture the great musical tradition of our church. The restoration of the historic organ is going to be crucial to the continuance of this ministry, and I heartily recommend the project and wish it every blessing and success."
Former Archbishop Rowan Williams
Organ Restoration Appeal - Update
Total amount received / pledged at the end of September including Gift Aid is £162,716.