The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 1324

Builder Identification

London, England, 1902-1940.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, revised edition, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). -

    London, England. 1902-1940.

    Patents held:
    Patent #1,312,386; 5 Aug. 1919; control circuits for electric pallet.
    Patent #1,320,317; 28 Oct. 1919; automatic organ.
    Patent #1,471,318; 16 Oct. 1923; expressive touch action.


    • Information taken from the text of a United States patent.

    Compton did not export organs to North America, he is listed here because of the United States patents. –Ed.
  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, August 25, 2016. -

    John Compton was educated at King Edwards School, Birmingham and then studied as an apprentice with Halmshaw & Sons in Birmingham. In 1898 he joined Brindley and Foster in Sheffield before joining with Charles Lloyd in Nottingham.

    Compton set up a business in 1902 in Nottingham with James Frederick Musson, as Musson & Compton; the partership dissolved in 1904. In 1919, the business moved to workshops at Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, London. Emphasis was given to building organs using the 'extension' principal with electric action and all pipework totally enclosed.

    Compton died in 1957. The company carried on but demand for pipe organs decreased and in 1964 that side of the company was sold to Rushworth and Dreaper Ltd. Comptons then produced only electrone organs.


    • Compton Organs,, Accessed September 10, 2015.

Database Entries

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