Henry 'Father' Willis View Extant Instruments View Instruments


London, England 1821-1901
Classification: Builder

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From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, December 18, 2016. -

Henry 'Father' Willis (27 April 1821 - 11 February 1901) was a British organ player and builder, the founder of the firm Henry Willis & Sons. Four generations of the Willis family continued the family tradition of organ building until 1997, when Henry Willis IV retired and the first non-family Managing Director was appointed. The Willis firm developed an entire class of high pressure reeds.1

United States Patents, filed from London, England.

  • Patent #339,608; 6 Apr. 1886; pneumatic action
  • Patent #427,209; 6 May 1890; pneumatic action


  1. Henry Willis, http://www.willis-organs.com/index.html, Accessed December 23, 2016.
  2. Information taken from the text of one or more United States Patents.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

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  • 4 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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