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New Date For The Whitechapel Bell Foundry Public Inquiry

May 19, 2020
by the gentle author


TUESDAY 6th OCTOBER is the new date for the commencement of the PUBLIC INQUIRY into the future of the WHITECHAPEL BELL FOUNDRY called by Secretary of State.

We are delighted that this Public Inquiry is going ahead because the Whitechapel Bell Foundry is a priceless cultural treasure of global significance that must be saved. For several years now, we have been campaigning for it to continue as a proper working foundry rather than the developer’s proposal for bell-themed boutique hotel.

The UK Historic Building Preservation Trust (now known as Re-Form Heritage) is offering to buy the foundry from the developers at market value and re-open it to as a fully operational foundry to cast bells in the East End in perpetuity, just as it has done for over five hundred years.

By definition, a Public Inquiry is open to all. Please put the date in your diary now because it very important that as many people as possible turn up to demonstrate the strength of public opinion to the Government Inspector. This is our one chance to save the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, so we hope all community and cultural groups in the East End will send representatives and take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Public Inquiry to read a statement on behalf of their members.

Commencing at 10am on 6th October, the Public Inquiry will run for eight days and take place under socially-distanced conditions.

Email to get details and attend. Also please say if you want to speak, either as an individual or as a representative of a group.



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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Esther permalink
    May 19, 2020

    woh that made my day 🙂 A new chance for the Whitechapel Bell Foundry !

  2. May 19, 2020

    Thank you for the update. On Thursdays when everyone is clapping, I ring my trusty old school playground bell. And tell anyone who comments on it about saving Whitechapel

  3. Jill Wilson permalink
    May 19, 2020

    I’ll be there and I will try to get as much other support as possible.

    I feel very strongly that the Whitechapel Bell Foundry is not only worth saving as a very important part of the heritage of the East End, but that it could also become a potent symbol in the fight back against the greed of the developers who have been recklessly destroying our local communities in their pursuit of profit.

    Or to put it another way – Make Bells, not Hotels!

  4. May 19, 2020

    Very good news, GA, thank you. I can’t imagine the developers want to open a hotel at the moment so why don’t they withdraw their scheme and save us all a lot of money.

  5. paul loften permalink
    May 19, 2020

    I hope I can be there this time.

  6. May 19, 2020

    Of Course this should be saved. For God Sake what is the matter with this Country??

    This is should be saved without question.. America is Reproducing everything Georgian

    and Victorian.. And we are pulling it all down.. Is there a brain in there?

  7. mlaiuppa permalink
    May 20, 2020

    Timing might be excellent. With the shut downs and lack of tourism, now and likely to extend into the future, building a hotel of any kind isn’t a great investment right now. Could be they will be much more open to unloading this at “market” value sooner rather than later when property values drop even more. They also might need the revenue.

    So keep an eye on the markets and the developer’s assets and it’s possible they might be open to an offer even before this hearing.

  8. May 21, 2020

    We must keep this important part of our national heritage PLEASE

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