S_L Posted May 24, 2013 Share Posted May 24, 2013 A friend of mine is the Parish Priest of a rather beautiful church in the ‘Black Country’ with a rather ugly three manual organ in the West Gallery that has clearly been an instrument that has had substantial additions made to it that are, visually at least, certainly not in keeping with the rest of the instrument. The original builder is given as W. Johnson with James Bird and Son having done further work to the instrument. Walter James Bird, according to the NPOR, operated around Birmingham, I think in the Selly Park area, between 1888 and the 1930’s. I know he rebuilt the organ at Coleshill in Warwickshire in 1913 and is, seemingly, the original builder of an instrument in St. Mary’s Selly Oak – the plate on the organ there gives “Bird, Selly Park”. Roy Massey suggests that Walter James Bird may be responsible for the choir organ addition at St. Alban's Conybere Street, in Birmingham I would be interested if any member can shed any light on the work of these particular organ builders. Are Walter James Bird, “Bird, Selly Park” and James Bird & Sons one and the same? How many more instruments exist from the forty-odd years of the firm’s existence Does any member know the work of W Johnson? Many thanks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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