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date: 14 November 2019

Avery, John locked

  • Guy Oldham

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(b Stroud, Gloucs., England, c1755; d London, England, bur. April 29, 1807). English organ builder. His burial record reports his age as 52 years; he might have been a son of a John Avery of Stroud (bap. 3 Jan 1738), with whom he seems to have been confused by historians. His premises in London were at one time in St Margaret’s Church Yard, Westminster. At the time of his death the organ that he had built for Carlisle Cathedral was being installed. Despite his reputation as an excellent builder whose organs were noted for tonal delicacy, he suffered from drunkenness and financial difficulties; he died in debtors’ prison. Organs he built or worked on include those at Gloucester Cathedral (1772–3; minor work); St Stephen’s, Coleman Street, London (1775); Westminster Abbey, London (1793; addition of 13 large-scale wood Open Diapason pipes, G′ to ...

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