Norman and Beard

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

History[edit]

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..

Organs[edit]

  • St. John's Church, Bangalore 1895
  • Norwich Cathedral 1899[2] (NPOR N06483)
  • Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music 1900 [3] (NPOR D07229)
  • St Mary's Church, Oldswinford 1901 [4] (NPOR N03681)
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Roman Catholic church in Lowestoft 1902 (wind blown, three manual organ of 1,152 pipes, still in a pristine extant condition) [5]
  • Nairn Old Parish Church, Nairn 1903 (NPOR R00423)
  • Leeds Cathedral 1904
  • Cheltenham College 1905 (NPOR N07470)
  • Town Hall, Wellington NZ 1906
  • St. Mary the Virgin, Nonington, Kent 1906 (NPOR D04898)
  • Parish Church of Kilmun, Argyll & Bute, 1906 (water-powered)
  • Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand 1907-1912
  • Bethlehem Welsh Independent Chapel, Rhosllanerchrugog, 1908
  • All Saints' Church, Yelvertoft, Northamptonshire. 1908
  • Great Hall, University of Birmingham 1908 (NPOR N07270)
  • Winchester College Chapel 1908 (NPOR D01086)
  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge 1909 (NPOR N05206)
  • All Saints' Church, Binfield, Berkshire. 1910 (NPOR D01111)
  • St Mary the Virgin, South Elmsall, West Yorkshire. 1910
  • Town Hall, Auckland NZ 1911
  • St. Michael's Church, Aylsham, Norfolk, 1911
  • St. Michael & All Angels Church, Wilmington, Kent 1912 (NPOR N08477)
  • The Andaz, Temple 1912 (London)
  • St Mary's Parish Church, Slough, Berkshire 1912
  • St Mary's Church, Baldock 1913
  • Walhampton School Chapel, Lymington, Hampshire, 1913
  • Usher Hall, Edinburgh 1914 (NPOR D07910)
  • St John the Evangelist, Bierley, Bradford 1916 (NPOR N02678)
  • Town Hall, Johannesburg 1916
  • Sherborne School Chapel, Sherborne, Dorset. 1926
  • St John's Cathedral Brisbane Australia
  • Trinity Methodist Church, Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK. 1906.
  • Calvert Methodist Church, Hastings, Sussex, UK
  • City Hall, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Congregational Church, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa

References[edit]

  1. ^ The History of the English Organ, Stephen Bicknell
  2. ^ "The organ". Norwich Cathedral. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011.  Retrieved 6 October 2011
  3. ^ http://apollo.ram.ac.uk/emuweb/pages/ram/display.php?irn=1235
  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.
  5. ^ "Our Lady Star of the Sea website, Music page".