Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific

Posted on 08/22/2016


Photo taken on April 11, 2016



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Making bells since 1570

Making bells since 1570
Today's first agenda is to visit the Whitechapel Bell Foundry at 32 - 34, Whitechapel Road, London E1.

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry was established in 1570 and is one of the world's oldest businesses. It has occupied this site since around 1670. The foundry specialises in manufacturing church bells, and their fittings and accessories, although it also makes single tolling bells, carillon bells, door bells and handbells.

The foundry is most well known for having cast, in 1752, the Liberty Bell, which was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges, Pennsylvania's original constitution. Then in 1858, the foundry was commissioned to make perhaps the world's most famous bell, the Big Ben in the British Parliament. "Big Ben" weighs 13½ tons and is the largest bell ever cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

The foundry is very much a working factory with a shop that sells small handbells that are made on premise, which I bought a few as souvenirs. The foundry itself is not open to the public, save for a few special tour dates. Tours of the factory are extremely popular and the public is advised to book months beforehand.

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Chris 1971
Chris 1971
interesting yard you found there....
12 months ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Chris 1971
Yep, I heard about this place on TV and had wanted to see it. Well, London is a whole lot closer to you than me, so if you ever want to check out this place. But remember if you want to do the factory tour, you need to book weeks ahead.
12 months ago.
Chris 1971 has replied to Canadian Pacific
well.... I can do without.... easily....
12 months ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Chris 1971
I know, I know, you don't like to book things weeks ahead.
12 months ago.