Last year it was announced that Britain’s oldest manufacturing company, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry would close its doors this May. Having made bells their business since 1570, the long list of gongs and ringers created behind the east end doors include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the famous US Liberty Bell.
Now, in a bid to save the site, a number of heritage groups have joined forces to explore how it may continue as a working foundry and be designated as an Asset of Community Value.
The Spitalfields Trust is calling on anyone who supports their application to have the buildings listed as Grade I, to write to the London Brough of Tower Hamlets office, stating the importance of the site and how it is an integral part of Whitechapel’s historical identity.
Emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (include your postal address) or by post to:
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
6th Floor Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 2BG
You can see the letter written to Historic England by members of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, The East End Preservation Society, Royal Academy of Arts and others on Spitalfields Life where reports of the campaign will also be published as it evolves.