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Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London

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The Whitechapel Bell Foundry was a business in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and, at the time of the closure of the Whitechapel premises, was the oldest manufacturing company in Great Britain. The bell foundry primarily made church bells and their fittings and accessories, although it also provided single tolling bells, carillon bells and handbells. The foundry was notable for being the original manufacturer of the Liberty Bell, a famous non-religious symbol of United States independence, and Big Ben which rings from the north clock tower (the Elizabeth Tower) at the Houses of Parliament in London.
The Whitechapel premises are a Grade II* listed building. The foundry closed in May 2017, after nearly 450 years of bell making and 250 years at its Whitechapel site, with the final bell cast given to the Museum of London along with other artefacts used in the manufacturing process, and the building has been sold.
Following the sale of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, the bell patents were sold to the bell-hanging company, Whites of Appleton in Oxfordshire, with whom the foundry has had a business relationship for 197 years, and rights to tower bell production are now under the ownership of Westley Group Ltd. Production of presentation and hand bells will continue under the name Bells of Whitechapel Ltd.
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  • CAUTION! We wanted to visit also the workshop of the Bell, it was located not far from our hotel. However, we had to find that she has unfortunately forever closed its doors in may 2017. A visit is not possible, so the arrival saves you!
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  • The foundary itself is now closed and will soon disappear from this site . But when we went the office and shop of the business was still open and available to view .This is an enterprise with a remar...  more »
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  • A historic manufacturer based just outside the City of London. Bells like Big Bell and the Liberty bell were casted at the foundry. The show rooms and museums are opened during the day and if it is a warm day the public can look inside the main workshop from the pavement outside. There are also tour available at the weekend but these do book up a long time in advance.
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