I apologise for persevering in exploring the issues surrounding the decision to support the demolition of the rear section of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry as being of ‘no architectural or historical interest’.
As I understand it, the Historic Buildings Division of the Greater London Council intervened in the late 1970s, recognising the exceptional architectural and historical importance of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. They provided the Hughes family with funding to build a new extension at the back to keep it as a going industrial concern. There presumably will have been legal conditions attached to this funding, which may not allow its sale and demolition by an American developer.
I hope and assume that someone at Historic England has checked the files, which are held at the London Metropolitan Archives, because they are going to look a tiny bit casual, or negligent, if a great deal of documentation emerges as to how important historians and industrial archaeologists regarded the Bell Foundry in the late 1970s, whereas now the London Advisory Committee apparently supports the idea that part of the existing building can simply be demolished as of ‘no architectural or historical significance’ and the rest of it is turned into a late night drinking parlour in order to facilitate public access.