William Hill & Son & Norman & Beard Ltd.

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William Hill & Son & Norman & Beard Limited (commonly known as Hill, Norman and Beard) were a major pipe organ manufacturer originally based in Norfolk.

History[edit]

They were founded in 1916 by the merger of Norman and Beard and William Hill & Sons of London, Dr Arthur George Hill having no male heirs to sustain his business, moving its production to the capital in 1916.[1]

Amongst others, it built the four manual organ in Norwich Cathedral (1899, rebuilds and upgrades in 1940–42, 1950 and 1969),;[2] the 5038 pipe instrument in Lichfield Cathedral (1899, rebuilds 1908 and 1974),[3]

Christie theatre organs[edit]

During the era of silent films, the company produced Theatre Pipe Organs between 1926 and 1938.[4] These instruments were produced under the brand name Christie. The components were produced in one the company's various factories (Brighton, Norwich, London etc.) and assembled, together with other specialist items such as percussions and consoles, at their King's Cross factory.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drinkell, David. "Organs In Norfolk Churches".  Retrieved 6 October 2011
  2. ^ "The organ". Norwich Cathedral.  Retrieved 6 October 2011
  3. ^ "Lichfield Cathedral Organ". Lichfield Cathedral.  Retrieved 6 October 2011
  4. ^ "Cinema Organ Society". Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cinema Organ Society". Retrieved 24 October 2013.