King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells

The Parish Church of King Charles the Marty, Tunbridge Wells

The Organ

The organ that you can now hear in King Charles Church began life in 1887, It was built by the renowned firm of J W Walker, and has been extended by them several times since, most notably in 1938, when their advertising leaflet described it as “in every way a complete and modern three manual instrument”.  Its voice plays an important part in services every Sunday, as well as being heard in weddings, funerals and concerts throughout the year.

Organ Recitals

We are fortunate to have a number of talented organists in the congregation and around Tunbrudge Wells. For details of organ recitals, please see our concerts calendar.


In 2015, we ran an appeal to raise money for the organ’s restoration, and successfully raised £30,000. The first stage of the project involved highly skilled work removing hundreds of the 2,055 pipes deep inside the organ mechanism and replacing old valves made of sheepskin. We celebrated its completion at the King Charles Festival service on 31st January 2016. If you would like to continue to support this beautiful historic instrument, you can still make donations to the Organ Fund and help us to build up the fund against any future work.




Double Stopped Diapason

Open Diapason 1 8
Open Diapason 2 8
Wald Flute 8
Principal 4
Harmonic Flute 4
Twelfth 2⅔
Fifteenth 2
Mixture III
Trumpet 8
Contra Dulciana 16
Viola da Gamba 8
Lieblich Gedackt 8
Dulciana 8
Gemshorn 4
Stopped Flute 4
Dulcet 4
Nazard 2⅔
Suabe Piccolo 2
Clarinet 8
Trumpet 8
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell to Great
Swell octave
Swell suboctave
Swell unison off
Choir to Great
Choir to Pedal
Choir octave
Choir suboctave
Choir unison off
Open Diapason 8
Rohr Flute 8
Echo Gamba 8
Voix Celeste 8
Principal 4
Flauto Traverso 4
Mixture III
Contra Fagotto 16
Cornopean 8
Oboe 8
Acoustic Bass 32
Open Wood 16
Bourdon 16
Echo Bourdon 16
Dulciana 16
Octave 8
Principal 8
Bass Flute 8
Fifteenth 4
Flute 4
Trombone 16
Fagotto 16
8 combination pistons to each manual and pedals
8 general pistons, duplicated on pedal toe pistons
Swell & General toe pistons transfer
Inter-divisional coupler thumb pistons
Reversible toe pistons for Gt-Ped and Sw-Gt
Great & Pedal combinations coupled
Combinations sequencer
8 levels of divisional & 256 levels of general memory
Sequencer advance piston on each manual and pedal
Sequencer retard on Great
General cancel