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 (26 April 2003). "Frederick Rothwell, Organ-builder". BIOS Reporter. The British Institute of Organ Studies. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  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.