WHITECHAPEL BELL FOUNDRY - LONDON (ENGLAND)

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32/34 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1DY, UK.
Ph: 020 7247 2599 Fax: 020 7375 1979
bells@whitechapelbellfoundry.co.uk
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry was a business in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. At the time of the closure of its Whitechapel premises, it 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 symbol of American independence, and for re-casting 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 on 12 June 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. WIKIPEDIA (28-12-2020)


During the centuries the different bell founders of the company signed the bells with their own name:
  • Mears & Stainbank (1865)
  • Bibliography (Can be sort by any of the fields)

    Authors of the documentationDate
    WIKIPEDIA - Canterbury Cathedral: Bells2008
    RAMOS, Rafael - Las campanas se han callado2009
    Survey of London - A History of the Bell Foundry2016
    HAGEN, Carrie - After Nearly 500 Years in Business, the Company that Cast the Liberty Bell Is Ceasing All Operations2016
    HARLEY, Nicola - Bell tolls for world's oldest foundry - which made Big Ben and the Liberty Bell - despite attempts to keep business afloat with Downton effect2016
    ANSA - Cierra la fábrica de la campana del Big Ben2016
    MURRAY, Sarah - Las ideas nuevas que aportan los herederos a las empresas familiares2016
    FARREL, Sean - Whitechapel Bell Foundry to ring in new era as owner sells site2016
    WESTMINSTER ABBEY - Abbey bells2017
    SMITH, Charles Saumarez - 'A catastrophe for the system of protecting historic buildings': the saga of London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry2019
    SURVEY OF LO0NDON - Whitechapel Bell Foundry2019
    NOTA DE PREMSA - Los campaneros de Sant Jordi dan la tradicional bienvenida a un día del patrón del pueblo muy especial2021
    O'BRIEN, Hettie - The bells v the boutique hotel: the battle to save Britain’s oldest factory2021
    27 fotos de WHITECHAPEL BELL FOUNDRY

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    Bell towerTownVideoDateDuration
    Making bells - The Whitechapel bell foundry 198610:13

    Fabricació de campanes (1753-2002)

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    1 Liberty Bell 1753PHILADELPHIALiberty Bell Center 100579 existent
    2 Hour Bell " the Big Ben" (E) 1858LONDONElizabeth Tower - UK Parliament 27013700 existent
    3 Treble (1) 1971LONDONThe Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey) 246 existent
    4 Bell (2) 1971LONDONThe Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey) existent
    5 Bell (3) 1971LONDONThe Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey) existent
    6 Bell (4) 1971LONDONThe Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey) existent
    7 Bell (5) 1971LONDONThe Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey) existent
    8 Bell (6) 1971LONDONThe Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey) existent
    9 Bell (7) 1971LONDONThe Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey) existent
    10 Bell (8) 1971LONDONThe Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey) existent
    11 Bell (9) 1971LONDONThe Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey) existent
    12 Tenor (10) 1971LONDONThe Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey) 1371530 existent
    13 La campana de la esperanza 2002NEW YORK CITYSt. Paul's Chapel 5072 existent

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