Henry Groves & Son Ltd Pipe Organ Builders Nottingham

History of the Firm 1957-1979

The firm of Henry Groves & Son was founded in 1957 by Alvin Henry Groves who had previously worked for the renowned firm of Henry Willis & Sons Ltd. During his time with Willis, Alvin worked on important organs such as Birmingham Town Hall, Blenheim Palace and All Saints, Northampton. A year later Alvin's long time friend and colleague at Willis' Arthur Bailey joined the firm as a Partner. Arthur had previously worked for Roger Yates of Nottingham. In 1969 the long established (1894) Nottingham firm of E. Wragg & Son was purchased, comprising large workshop, staff and tuning round including the famous four manual Binns organ at the Albert Hall, Nottingham. Arthur Bailey retired in 1979. At this time the firm moved to new premises, as the council unfortunately required the old workshop to be demolished for road widening.

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