A dismantled organ, a deceased organ builder, and a digital dispute

The church at the centre of this dispute will be familiar to fans of the TV series Downton Abbey since it featured in Season 3 as the location for “one of those unforgettable TV moments—Lady Mary FINALLY weds Matthew Crawley, in the grand Downton Abbey wedding we’d been waiting years to see” (according to BRIDES web site). The church’s legal name is St Mary’s, Bampton Proper, CHR 627236, and the events surrounding the restoration of its organ resulted in somewhat of a dilemma which was resolved legally (if not to everyone’s musical satisfaction) in Re St. Mary Bampton Proper [2020] ECC Oxf 6. Continue reading