Charles S. Barker

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Charles Spackman Barker (1804 – 1879) was an English inventor and organ builder.

Barker was born in January 1804 in Walcot, Somerset. He went to France in 1837 where he met Aristide Cavaillé-Coll who was working on the organ at the Basilica of St Denis, near Paris.[1]

He exhibited work at Great Exhibition in 1851, and went on to pioneer the use of electricity in organs. Henry Bryceson made organs to his patent under license in England.[2]

He received the Legion of Honour in 1855 but was expelled from France in 1870 owing to the expulsion of aliens consequent to the Franco-Prussian War. He died in Maidstone, Kent on 26 November 1879.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The organ: an encyclopedia by Richard Kassel, Routledge, 2006 p49
  2. ^ The organ: an encyclopedia by Richard Kassel, Routledge, 2006 p84
  3. ^ The organ: an encyclopedia by Richard Kassel, Routledge, 2006 p50