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All the stops

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Have you ever had to put all your efforts into something and said you were “Pulling out all the stops”? This phrase comes from church organs, and how they are played.

Those knobs with the curious names you’ll see on an organ are the stops. When you pull out a stop, it allows air through a certain set of organ pipes. The more stops you pull out, the more pipes come into play.

If you pull out all the stops, the organ is making the greatest noise; making the greatest effort. That’s where the phrase comes from.

These stops are on the organ of Adstock church. Some organs have great banks of stops, but at Adstock the organ is in a small church; it doesn’t need to be very big.

The church, dedicated to St. Cecilia, is Grade 1 listed.

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