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Whitechapel Bell Foundry Meeting

September 1, 2019
by the gentle author


In just over a week, we have reached our target of 2000 signatures of local residents on the petition to Tower Hamlets Council which triggers a debate at the full council meeting on 18th September to make it Council policy to Save The Whitechapel Bell Foundry as a working foundry.

Council officers will now check the signatures and any from outside the borough will be discounted, which means we need to continue collecting up to around 2200 signatures to be sure of getting 2000 that are residents, workers or students in Tower Hamlets.

The East End Preservation Society & The East London Mosque are collaborating in organising a public meeting on MONDAY 9th SEPTEMBER at 6:30pm at the Mosque, 82-92 Whitechapel Rd, E1 1JQ. 

This will be a chance to hear from UK Historic Building Preservation Trust and Factum Foundation about their proposals for the future of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry as a working foundry.

Speakers include Dan Cruickshank (Historian & Local Resident), Unmesh Desai (London Assembly Member, City & East), Dilowar Khan (Director of East London Mosque), Adam Lowe (Director of Factum Foundation), Shahed Saleem (Survey of London) and Clare Wood (Director of UKHBPT). If you care about the future of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry come along to learn more.




“There is no better use for an old bell foundry than to be a bell foundry. There is a demand for bells and there is a viable continuation of industrial use on that site. It’s that or another boutique hotel, and the poor East End has lost so much of its authenticity and employment.” – Dan Cruickshank   Photo copyright © Sarah Ainslie

Photograph by Peter Dazeley from his book UNSEEN LONDON ©Peter Dazaley 

If you have not yet done so, please click on the link below to sign our petition of local residents and then circulate this to all your friends, family, workmates and neighbours in the borough.




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7 Responses leave one →
  1. September 1, 2019

    As someone outside the borough, I wish you every success in bringing bell making back to Whitechapel. There must be so many other suitable sites for a hotel but nothing else purpose made for bell making. Let us hope the authority sees reason.

  2. Amanda permalink
    September 1, 2019

    l am both proud and stunned reading responses on numerous SL articles by the number of individuals and famous premises all over the world who own bells created in Tower Hamlets UNIQUE Whitechapel foundry,
    not least how many have toured the premises.

    Well done once more for gaining such a great international response to save our capital city’s heart and soul.

  3. Jill Wilson permalink
    September 1, 2019

    Great news – I’ll be there! And will pass the word around to interested parties.

    I hope that Schrodinger – or should that be Schroding-donger – has signed the petition…

  4. September 1, 2019

    Thank you for all you are doing. I was sad to read that the Loughborough Bell Foundry is struggling too. I hope that you get the signatures from the locals, and good attendance at the meeting.

  5. Amy S Pilgrim permalink
    September 1, 2019

    Congratulations from the US! Keep up the good work!

  6. Kristine Dillon permalink
    September 2, 2019

    I wish every success to all of you who are advocating to save the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Not only do the good people of London benefit when treasures such as this are saved, the entire world does too. Thanks to all of you who work tirelessly to preserve the very things that make London uniquely London.

  7. September 7, 2019

    I worked on Brick Lane for a few years but currently do not and live in west London now 🙁 So I guess my one will not count. I think it should because I still live in London and visit east London often. I’d visit the boundary to buy some gifts and did the tour one weekend years ago. I would love to see it turned into a working museum and gift shop selling bells and bell-souvenirs. It’s not often you can bring back to your family outside the UK to give them something truly made in England with some history to it.

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