Daily Prompt: Vanish – Whitechapel Bell Foundry


Whitechapel Bell Foundry has been in business since 1570, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and has traded from its present premises in Whitechapel Road since 1738. Famous bells cast here on this very site include the original US Liberty Bell in 1752 and Big Ben (hanging in in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament here in London) in 1856 (recast in 1858).

Sadly, it was announced a few days ago that the current owners have decided with heavy heart to cease trading from the Whitechapel Road foundry from May 2017.

Although this closure will mean the end of the business as it stands, hopefully it may still be possible that the bell foundry, on record as the oldest manufacturing business in the UK, won’t vanish altogether and may be able to continue in another form, on another site, with another owner, and so survive on into the future…

Daily Prompt: Vanish

5 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Vanish – Whitechapel Bell Foundry

  1. Dan Antion December 5, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    That’s a beautiful building, with such a storied past. I hope they continue at a different location.

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    • Ruth December 5, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Me too – although sadly the need for hand-cast bronze church bells is greatly reduced these days 😦

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