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date: 15 November 2019

Pyke, George locked

  • Michael Sayer

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(bc1725; d 1777). English organ builder, barrel organ maker, and clockmaker. He was the son of John Pyke (d May 1762), a highly regarded watchmaker and constructor of musical mechanisms who was admitted to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1720; George was admitted to the same Company in 1753 after a long indenture. The Pykes were unrelated to the organ builder George Pike England. A bill of sale from George Pyke to Augusta, Princess of Wales, on 8 June 1759, documents the sale of ‘an organ clock in a Black Case with Glass Columns’. An organ clock signed by George (1765), which contains a windchest with three ranks of pipes, was in Temple Newsam House, near Leeds. He made his will on 30 May 1777 (as ‘George Pyke, Organ Builder and Clock Maker of Saint Andrew Holborn, Middlesex’) and was dead by ...

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