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date: 20 February 2020

Telford, Williamlocked

  • Barbara Owen
  • , revised by Anne Leahy


(b Warwickshire, 1809; d Dublin, 1885). Irish organ builder. He established himself as William Telford, Organ Builder, in 1830, with the name of the firm changing in 1847 to Telford & Telford, and in 1870 to Telford & Sons. The firm built a number of organs during this period, ranging in size from the 47-stop instrument for St Peter's College, Radley, to small church barrel organs. Other important organs include those for Trinity College, Dublin (1838), Killala Cathdral, Co. Mayo (1838, still in original condition), the church of St Malachy, Belfast (1847), and St Eugene's Cathedral, Londonderry (1872). While the bulk of his work was in Ireland, Telford was known and respected in England and abroad. He was a close personal friend of the French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, having attended the inauguration of the organ of Ste Marie-Madeleine in Paris in ...

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