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Here’s how you can help save the Whitechapel Bell Foundry from closing down

Whitechapel Bell Foundry
© Shahed Saleem

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.

© Rob Ryan


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 (include your postal address) or by post to:

London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Legal Services
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.

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Ibrahim A

Whitechapel Bell Foundry is moving its location after 250 years. There’s so much history in there and, people can now take some of it with them.

We, at GoIndustry DoveBid, are their official auctioneers and we will be auctioning their traditional metalworking machinery equipment and tools they used to manufacture the Big Ben. In the auction lot, people can also bid on clocks and bells which can be dated back to the 17th century.

This is the auction listing:,561246,561243 and it includes English Church Bell (16th Century ), Turret clocks, Victorian Mahogany furniture, etc.

Would you be interested in publishing our work on the back of their relocation story? They are using our company because we are based locally and we have years of expertise in the auction scene.

Michael T

I would like to add our names to any lists supporting the preservation of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry either as a going concern or as a Heritage Attraction.

My colleague spent may hours there photographing both Bow Bells and this remarkable establishment to record ‘Disappearing London’, but it would nevertheless be an amazing opportunity to preserve for educational and historical reasons this piece of London’s history before the area is swallowed up entirely by new developments.

Michael Taylor, Equinox Partners