This is an information service for Restorers, Players, Owners and Researchers into Pianos built BEFORE 1837 and similar important historical instruments.

The main reason for this website it to publish the Register of Extant Broadwood Grands and information about research into other makers

Apologies for the dissapearance of this site during 2016. Having now revived it, I will be updating and correcting over the next few months.
Any links to the old "NTL" - based version will no longer work. This site is fortepiano.co.uk

This site was updated Jan 2017.

Offers, or requests of information about Broadwood Grand pianos built BEFORE 1837 can be forwarded to:

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Major UK Collections:

Instrument Registers :

Broadwood Grands - a register of 281 extant instruments

Clementi Squares - a register of many instruments, with dates, compiled by Leif Sahlqvist

Instrument History/Research:

Longman and Broderip Squares

William Southwell: substantial research into the life of this important maker by Margaret Debenham.



Harpsichord and Fortepiano Peacock Press Scout Bottom Farm Mytholmroyd Hebden bridge West Yorks HX7 5JS .

PERIODICALS with occasional articles;


Early Music

Galpin Society


The British Art Piano and Piano Design Vol I. by G S Gadd. Published by The Very Yellow Press, 18 The Green, Twickenham TW2 5AA. ISBN 0-9553264-0-0

Broadwood Square Pianos, Michael Cole. Published by Tatchley Books, 334 Prestbury Road, Cheltenham GL52 3DD. ISBN 0-9551777-0-7

The Stringing, Scaling and Pitch of Hammerflugel built in the Southern German and Viennese Traditions 1780-1820, by Michael Latcham. Published by Haags Gemeentemuseum,Stadhouderslaan 41 NL-2517's-Gravenhage,Netherlands.

The Piano-Forte, by Rosamond Harding. (Pianos to 1851) Published by Hecksher and Co. 75 Bayham St, London,NW1 0AA.

The Early Pianoforte, by Stewart Pollens. (Pianos to 1763) Published by Cambridge University Press. 1995 ISBN 0 521 41729 5.

The Pianoforte in the Classical Era, by Michael Cole. (Pianos 1760-1830) Published by Clarenden Press Oxford. 1998. ISBN 0 19 816634 6.

Makers of the Piano 1720-1820, by M N Clinkscale. Published by Oxford University Press. 1993. ISBN 0 19 816323 1.

A History of Pianoforte Pedalling, by David Rowland. Published by Cambridge University Press. 1993. ISBN 0521 40266 2.

The Cambridge Companion to The Piano, by David Rowland. Published by Cambridge University Press. 1998. ISBN 0 521 47470 1.

Keyboard Instruments in Eighteenth Century Vienna, by Richard Maunder. Published by Clarendon Press Oxford. 1998. ISBN 0 19 816637 0.

A Handbook of Historical Stringing Practice, by M Rose & D Law. Published by Malcolm Rose and David Law. 1991. The Workshop, English Passage,Lewes,BN7 2AP. ISBN 0 9518590 05.



Clementi,his life and Music, by Leon Plantinga. Published by Oxford University Press. 1977. ISBN0 19 315227 4.

Broadwood by Appointment, A History, by David Wainwright. Published by Quiller Press. 1982. ISBN 0 907621 10 4





The National Trust. 150 Pianos of all ages. Catalogue of early instruments being prepared.

Colt Clavier Collection, Bethersden, Nr Ashford, Kent. TN26 3DD. Phone 01233-820-223. 110 Pianos.

Finchcocks The Finchcocks Charity, Waterdown House, 51 Frant Road, Tunbridge Wells,TN25LE Phone 01892 523203.

Cobbe Collection Trust, Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Nr Guildford, GU4 7RT. 27 Pianos, of which 20 pre- 1837, 17 pre-1820, 11 pre-1800.

Victoria and Albert Museum. South Kensington, London. SW7 2RL 11 Pianos.

Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments.St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1UL. 11 Pianos pre-1837, of which 9 pre-1820, 5 pre-1800.

Museum of London London Wall, London. EC2Y 5HN. 14 Pianos, of which 8 pre-1837, 2 pre 1800.

Royal Northern College of Music 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD 9 Pianos, of which 7 pre-1837, 3 pre- 1820, 2 pre 1800.

Liverpool Museum. William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EN. 10 Pianos, of which 3 pre 1820 and 1 pre-1800.

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP. 4 Pianos.

Bate Collection. Faculty of Music, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB. 4 Pianos, of which 3 pre-1820, 2 pre-1800.

Fenton House. Windmill Hill, Hampstead, London NW3 6RT. 3 Pianos pre-1820, of which 2 pre-1800.

Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT.

Horniman Museum 100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ.

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, London SW7 2BS.

Holdenby House/Musical Museum Brentford.


When few instruments are dated, those which are, are vital to estimating the dates of others.

LONGMAN AND BRODERIP square pianos: There was one serial Number series for five octave instruments which ran to over 4000, and a second series for five and a half octave pianos which ran from approx1795 to 1798 and a serial no of approx 900.