I am faut de mieux becoming a vehicle for the latest information on the campaign to save the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
It happens that, as has been expected, Historic England, the public body tasked with the protection and preservation of the historic environment, has come out in favour of the scheme to turn the Bell Foundry into a boutique hotel, a scheme for which they have themselves acted as paid advisors. I am not sure if it makes one want to laugh or cry. It certainly makes one wonder if any of their (paid) commissioners ever actually visited the Bell Foundry and what they regard their role is as protectors of the historic environment.
The Bell Foundry is (or was) the longest place of consistent manufacture in the United Kingdom. It is as if the place which made the bows used by Robin Hood still made bows. They made the bells of Big Ben, as well as the Liberty Bell in the United States. History is in danger of being lightly discarded in favour of what Historic England regards as ‘adaptive re-use’. History is thrown out of the window by Historic England itself.