Whitechapel Bell Foundry (14)

There was a good, but perhaps too brief, discussion of the issues surrounding the development of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry on Front Row tonight, beginning with the sounds of some of the most famous bells cast in Whitechapel, including St. Mary-le-Bow, St. Clement Dane, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Gillian Darley and Stephen Clarke made […]

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry (13)

Last time I discussed the saving of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in the late 1970s, someone suggested I read Alec Forshaw’s book on 1970s London: Discovering the Capital, an engaging and extremely informative book about the character of London in the 1970s in the heyday of demolition, Council redevelopment and a general lack of interest […]

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry (12)

I have been asked by a reader who prefers to remain anonymous to remind readers that there does already exist a fully funded alternative scheme for retaining all the craft skills of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which Historic England has inexplicably (or negligently) chosen to ignore. It has been drawn up by the United Kingdom […]

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry (11)

I thought it might be helpful to know a bit more about James Strike, the conservation architect who was responsible for adding the big industrial extension at the back of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry so sensitively in the early 1980s, which Historic England is now happy to see demolished in order to enable the site […]

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry (10)

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 […]

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry (9)

Although Historic England does not now publish minutes of its meetings online, or, at least, has not done so since October 2016, they have kindly provided a summary (see below) of the reasons why their staff and London Advisory Committee support the current scheme to demolish the rear section as being of ‘no architectural or […]

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry (8)

I have been helpfully provided with the current UNESCO definition of the intangible cultural heritage:- “Intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.  ICH […]

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry (7)

In order to clarify the reasons for Historic England’s stance on the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, I thought it would be helpful to find out the extent to which the Bell Foundry has been discussed at meetings of the Commissioners (who, by the way, are paid, unlike the trustees of most public bodies). Their website states […]

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry (6)

I am going to answer my own question as to why it is that Historic England has supported the plans to redevelop the Whitechapel Bell Foundry as a boutique hotel:- 1. They were consulted at an early stage by Raycliff. I guess that the advice they gave was followed. Raycliff have employed good and experienced […]

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry (5)

As the dust settles on the decision by the Secretary of State to delay any decision on planning consent for the re-development of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, it has become clear that there are two potential pitfalls:- 1. In a week’s time, there will be a new Secretary of State. Robert Jenrick has proved himself […]

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