Whitechapel Bell Foundry

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The Whitechapel Bell Foundry, specializing in church bells, is the oldest manufacturing company in Great Britain.


Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1739/00/00 Whitechapel Bell Foundry moves into the premises of a former coaching inn called "The Artichoke". Foundry Whitechapel Bell Foundry London
1751/00/00 Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly Isaac Norris first orders a bell for the bell tower in 1751 from Lester and Pack Foundry in Whitechapel, London. Foundry Liberty Bell Philadelphia, PA
1764/00/00 An Ainsworth-Thwaites clock and a ring of 8 bells with a tenor cast by Lester and Pack of London are installed in St Michael's steeple. Foundry St Michael's Episcopal Church Charleston
1843/05/13 The Great Bell of Montreal, Cathedral of Notre Dame, is cast by Thomas Mears, Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London: Weight 7 Tons, 6 cwt. Diameter at Mouth 7'-4". Height to top of Crown 7'-2". Manufacturer Montreal Quebec
1858/00/00 Big Ben is cast for the Palace of Westminster, this is the largest bell ever cast at Whitechapel, weighing 13.5 tons. To this day, a cross-section of the bell surrounds the entrance door to the foundry. Manufacturer Palace of Westminster London
1902/00/00 Margaret her father, Arthur, travel to England, where she becomes the first American to ring a full peal of changes (a 3-hour ordeal) on English church bells. Arthur Hughes, Manager of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, sends Margaret a set of handbells. Manufacturer
1924/12/24 On Beacon Hill, Margaret and her children go Christmas caroling as the Beacon Hill Ringers. Today, bell ringers continue the tradition by jingling handbells and singing in the gas lamp-lit neighborhood's Louisburg Square on Christmas Eve. Manufacturer Louisburg Square, Boston Boston
1939/00/00 England's heaviest change ringing bell - Liverpool Cathedral tenor, weighing over 4 tons - is cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Manufacturer Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool
1950/00/00 In the aftermath of World War II, the Foundry replaces peals lost to bombing raids and fires, including the bells of St Mary le Bow and St Clement Danes of'Oranges and Lemons'nursery rhyme fame, in London. Manufacturer Church Of St Mary Le Bow London
1950/00/00 In the aftermath of World War II, the Foundry replaces peals lost to bombing raids and fires, including the bells of St Mary le Bow and St Clement Danes of'Oranges and Lemons'nursery rhyme fame, in London. Manufacturer Church Of St Clement Danes London
1964/00/00 Whitechapel Bell Foundry provides the change ringing peal of 10 bells in a radial frame for the new National Cathedral in Washington DC. Manufacturer Washington National Cathedral Washington, DC
1991/00/00 The world's first peal of 16 change ringing bells is installed by Whitechapel at the Church of St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, England. Manufacturer Parish Church Of St Martin Birmingham
1993/00/00 After the 1989 hurricane, the Vestry again sends the bells back to London to the original foundry, now named The Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd, to have all the fittings replaced. A new wooden frame is fabricated and the bells are rehung by Whitechapel. Foundry St Michael's Episcopal Church Charleston
1997/00/00 Whitechapel Bell Foundry provides North America's first change ringing peal of 12 bells to Toronto Cathedral. Manufacturer Toronto Ontario
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