Brindley & Foster

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Advertisement from the Illustrated Guide to the Church Congress 1897

Brindley & Foster was a pipe organ builder based in Sheffield who flourished between 1854 and 1939.[1]


The business was established by Charles Brindley in 1854. He was joined by Albert Healey Foster in 1871 and the company acquired the name Brindley & Foster.

Charles Brindley was born in Baslow in the early 1830s. He retired in 1887 and died in 1893.[2]

Brindley was a follower of Edmund Schulze. He built solid instruments with powerful choruses using Vogler’s Simplification system. Pipes placed in chromatic order on the soundboards allowed for a simple and reliable key action and permitted similar stops to share the same bass, keeping both space and cost to a minimum. The Swell organ was often mounted above the Great in the German manner.

After the partnership with Foster they began to manufacture more complex pneumatic mechanisms for stop combinations; he also concentrated on the production of orchestral effects.

The business of Brindley and Foster was bought by Willis in 1939.

List of new organs[edit]

Peel New Church (since 1980 St German's Cathedral, Isle of Man). 1884

List of works of restorations and renovations[edit]


  1. ^ Pipes & Actions. Laurence Elvin. 1995
  2. ^ The Star, Guernsey. Tuesday 5 December 1893
  3. ^ "New Organ". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald. Derby. 21 September 1867. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Bathurst Cathedral". Retrieved 2017-02-24.