Britain’s oldest manufacturing firm: bell foundry dates back to 1570

Published on November 9th, 2009 | by Admin

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The Daily Mail has a posted some photos from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London’s East End, the oldest manufacturing firm in Britain.

Molten bell metal – a bronze alloy of 22 per cent tin, 78 per cent copper – is poured into a mould at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London’s East End.

The foundry – listed by Guinness World Records as the oldest manufacturing firm in Britain – was formed in 1570 in the reign of Elizabeth I.

One of two remaining bell foundries in Britain (the other, in Loughborough, was recently threatened with closure), it made Westminster’s Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell.

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