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Bell-Ringers and Cavaliers Celebrating the Entrance of Charles II into London on Restoration    by William Bell Scott

Bell-Ringers and Cavaliers Celebrating the Entrance of Charles II into London on Restoration by William Bell Scott

It is a scene unchanged for generations.  Molten bell metal – a bronze alloy of tin and  copper – is poured into a mould at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London’s East End.  The foundry – listed by Guinness World Records as the oldest manufacturing firm in Britain – was formed in 1570 in the reign of Elizabeth I.  One of two remaining bell foundries in Britain (the other, in Loughborough, was recently threatened with closure), it made Westminster’s Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell.

It is a scene unchanged for generations. Molten bell metal – a bronze alloy of tin and copper – is poured into a mould at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London’s East End. The foundry – listed by Guinness World Records as the oldest manufacturing firm in Britain – was formed in 1570 in the reign of Elizabeth I. One of two remaining bell foundries in Britain (the other, in Loughborough, was recently threatened with closure), it made Westminster’s Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell.

John Mackenzie tunes in a bell destined for the new Cathedral in Washington DC, USA, at the well-known bell foundry in Whitechapel, London - 19 December 1962

John Mackenzie tunes in a bell destined for the new Cathedral in Washington DC, USA, at the well-known bell foundry in Whitechapel, London - 19 December 1962

July 29, 1981: Lady Diana Spencer marries Prince Charles at St. Paul's Cathedral.  St. Paul Cathedral interiors

July 29, 1981: Lady Diana Spencer marries Prince Charles at St. Paul's Cathedral. St. Paul Cathedral interiors

The bell ringers - and even the tugboat captain whose job it is to push along the barge - will wear ear defenders

The bell ringers - and even the tugboat captain whose job it is to push along the barge - will wear ear defenders

Bellringers - Image by Annamarie Stepney

Bellringers - Image by Annamarie Stepney

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