Brindley & Foster

Advertisement from the Illustrated Guide to the Church Congress 1897

Brindley & Foster was a pipe organ builder based in Sheffield who flourished between 1854 and 1939.[1]


The business was established by Charles Brindley in 1854. He was joined by Albert Healey Foster in 1871 and the company acquired the name Brindley & Foster.

Charles Brindley was born in Baslow in the early 1830s. He retired in 1887 and died in 1893.[2]

Brindley was a follower of Edmund Schulze. He built solid instruments with powerful choruses using Vogler’s Simplification system. Pipes placed in chromatic order on the soundboards allowed for a simple and reliable key action and permitted similar stops to share the same bass, keeping both space and cost to a minimum. The Swell organ was often mounted above the Great in the German manner.

After the partnership with Foster they began to manufacture more complex pneumatic mechanisms for stop combinations; he also concentrated on the production of orchestral effects.

The business of Brindley and Foster was bought by Willis in 1939.

List of new organsEdit

Peel New Church (since 1980 St German's Cathedral, Isle of Man). 1884

Church of the Ascension, Maltby 1912 (approx) now relocated in Goldthorpe

List of works of restorations and renovationsEdit


  1. ^ Pipes & Actions. Laurence Elvin. 1995
  2. ^ The Star, Guernsey. Tuesday 5 December 1893
  3. ^ "New Organ". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald. Derby. 21 September 1867. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Bathurst Cathedral". Retrieved 24 February 2017.