Norman and Beard

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Norman and Beard were a pipe organ manufacturer based in Norwich from 1887 to 1916.


The origins of the company are from a business founded in Diss in 1870 by Ernest William Norman (1851 - 1927). In 1876 he moved to Norwich where he went into partnership with his brother, Herbert John Norman (1861 - 1936). In 1887 they went into partnership with George A. Wales Beard, and the company was formed. In 1896 the company opened a second office in London.

They worked closely with Robert Hope-Jones and held the patents on many of his developments, including electro-pneumatic action.[1]

The company merged with William Hill & Sons of London in 1916, and became William Hill & Son & Norman & Beard Ltd..



  1. ^ The History of the English Organ, Stephen Bicknell
  2. ^ "The organ". Norwich Cathedral.  Retrieved 6 October 2011
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  4. ^ Peacock, Roy. A Victorian Church, St Mary's Old Swinford, Stourbridge: the Story of its Re-building in the Nineteenth Century. [Revised edition.] P.C.C. of St Mary's Oldswinford, 2008. p. 44.