Gray and Davison

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19th-century pipe organ, presumably built by John Gray, in the Berlin Musical Instrument Museum

Gray & Davison was a large-scale manufacturer of church and cathedral pipe organs, based in London. The company was active between 1841–1973[1] and had its heyday between 1905–1930.[2]

Organs produced are stamped "John Gray", then later "Gray & Son" and from 1842 onwards as "Gray & Davison".[3]

The company started with Robert Gray (1742-1796), and his partner and brother William Gray (1757-1821). John Gray, William's son inherited the business in 1821 and from 1837 ran it in partnership with Frederick Davison until John Gray's death in 1849.


  1. ^ "Gray & Davison (Firm)". Directory of British Organ Builders (The National Pipe Organ Register). Royal College of Music. Retrieved 2009-11-21. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Norman, John (2003-04-26). "Frederick Rothwell, Organ-builder". BIOS Reporter. The British Institute of Organ Studies. 
  3. ^ Freeman, Andrew; Boeringer, James; Royal College of Organists (Great Britain). Library; Organ Club (London, England). Library (1989). Organa Britannica: Organs in Great Britain 1660-1860: a Complete Edition of the Sperling Notebooks and Drawings in the Library of the Royal College of Organists. Bucknell University Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-8387-1894-0.