Restoration Project: The story so far
SINCE ITS INCEPTION THE LOUGHBOROUGH BELLFOUNDRY TRUST HAS DELIVERED SUBSTANTIAL URGENT REPAIRS TO THE FOUNDRY SITE
We also secured a major grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Enterprise Scheme for a site-wide refurbishment and the creation of a brand new visitor experience.
But, there is so much more to come.
The last remaining UK Bellfoundry
In 2017 the other major UK bellfoundry at Whitechapel closed, sending shockwaves around the world. This has left Loughborough as the last major bellfoundry in the UK and placed its position in stark focus. While the business is in good fettle, without investment in the historic site, it is suddenly feasible that both of England’s last bellfoundries could be lost within a few years of each other – wiping out hundreds of years of history and silencing thousands of bells forever.
Bellfounding alone cannot produce enough capital to restore and sustain the original bellfoundry site, so the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust has spent the last few years preparing detailed plans to restore the historic bellfoundry to its former glory and ensure its rich heritage is not lost. Following a successful bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund in late 2020, the Trust is working with the NLHF and John Taylor & Co. to deliver a grant of £3.8m towards a package of £5 million+ repairs.
Made in Loughborough Heard Across The World
Peals of bells from our bell foundry ring out from towers all over the English speaking world. They are widely regarded as the finest instruments of their kind ever to have been created.
Closer to home, Taylor bells hang in nearly every Cathedral in England and thousands of parish churches, from London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral to York Minster and from Truro’s Cathedral to Newcastle’s. Taylor bells are ever-present for millions of people, ringing out for celebrations, coronations, jubilees, the end of conflict or simply intimate life moments like weddings, christenings and funerals.
TO ACHIEVE OUR VISION
- Repairing the iconic Victorian casting hall and workshop where bells are created and brought to life.
- Preserving and expanding our vast archive, which relates to over 10,000 bells and bell towers around the globe.
- Improving access to our site so that anyone can visit and experience this unique place.
- Overhauling and improving the only bell museum in the country
- Repairing the magical tuning shop where the principles of the harmonic tuning of bells were developed in the 1890s and where the sound we all recognise and love was created.
- Reinstating the Foundry’s Carillon.
- Re-engaging with young people and learners to preserve our unique craft skills.