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’.