I passed the Whitechapel Bell Foundry this afternoon and realised that it is still open for the sale of hand bells, at least until the end of April when the business is going to move offsite and be preserved, while the premises will be comprehensively redeveloped.
Photographs in the front room record how important the building is, both as a piece of working eighteenth-century architecture and, perhaps more importantly, as an example of industrial archaeology.
Here it is as it was in 1906:-
There is the surviving residue of historic working practices:-
And bells in the back yard:-