Whitechapel Bell Foundry (4)

The fate of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry continues to be a matter of local, and not so local, concern.   It turns out that the whole site has been sold to an East London property developer who is likely to want to demolish as much of it as he is allowed to in order to maximise the return on his investment.   He may think that this will be straightforward as there is so much redevelopment in the area.   But it would be the loss of a building whose value lies precisely in its continuity of use.   As the GLC said when demolition was proposed in 1972 before the rise of industrial archaeology as a discipline, it’s the home of ‘a unique and important living industry where crafts essentially unchanged for 400 years are practised by local craftsmen’.

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3 thoughts on “Whitechapel Bell Foundry (4)

  1. Martin Hopkinson says:

    The present minister for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley is the MP for Staffordshire Moorlands . So she should be interested in industrial heritage personally. The importance of preserving the heritage features of the Bell Foundry should be outlined to her – and perhaps an MP could be encouraged to raise the matter with her in Parliament. Tristram Hunt should be able to advise on what would be the most effective way to do this. The future of the Bell Foundry should be a matter of cross party concern. He was involved with the rescue of Barlaston, and his former constituency must abut the constituency of Karen Bradley.
    Cheddleton Flint Mill is a significant building in her constituency .

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