Whitechapel Bell Foundry (5)

After a bit more investigation of the history of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry online (not difficult because of the wonderful work of the Survey of London), it’s become clear to me that the key to the preservation of the site may lie not so much in the buildings at the front which are of obvious historical importance and are already listed Grade 2*, so theoretically impossible to develop, let alone demolish, but more in the big engineering workshop at the back which was added by James Strike, a conservation architect who worked at English Heritage and was the author of a book on Architecture in Conservation:  Managing Development at Historic Sites (and of a book on Span).   So, preservation of the site may depend not so much on the work of the traditional conservation societies as on the Twentieth-Century Society persuading Historic England to spot list this building.


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