Church Organs by Manufacturer
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Organ content throughout this website.
|Organ Manufacturer||Number of Church Organs|
|George Fincham & Sons||27|
|J.W. Walker & Sons||12|
|Fincham & Hobday||11|
|Hill, Norman & Beard||9|
|Hill & Son||8|
|Laurie Pipe Organs||6|
|Whitehouse & Co||5|
|Norman & Beard||5|
|S.T. Noad & Son||5|
|Pianoforte Depot Ltd||3|
|George Fincham & Son||2|
|Australian Pipe Organs||2|
|Bishop & Starr||2|
|John Smith of Bristol||2|
|Robert Cecil Clifton||2|
|Nicholson & Lord||2|
|Brindley & Foster||2|
Two Organ Society websites worth a visit
The First Church Organ
The organ began making its way into churches around 900 CE. Exactly how and why remains an enigma, but it appears that the organ was first used for ceremonial purposes. By the 1400s, the use of organs was well established in monastic churches and cathedrals throughout Europe.
The origins of the pipe organ can be traced back to the hydraulis in Ancient Greece, in the 3rd century BC, in which the wind supply was created by the weight of displaced water in an airtight container. By the 6th or 7th century AD, bellows were used to supply Byzantine organs with wind.
What is the oldest church organ?
It is generally agreed upon that the organ in the church of Notre-Dame-de-Valère at Sion (Switzerland) is the oldest playable organ in the world. Its oldest parts date as far back as 1435 (+/- 1 year), but they only include most of the case and 180 original pipes from the Gothic period.
Organ pipes are made from either wood or metal and produce sound ("speak") when air under pressure ("wind") is directed through them. As one pipe produces a single pitch, multiple pipes are necessary to accommodate the musical scale. The greater the length of the pipe, the lower its resulting pitch will be.