John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum, Loughborough

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John Taylor & Co, commonly known as Taylor's Bell Foundry or simply Taylor's, is the world's largest working bell foundry, located in Loughborough, Charnwood borough of Leicestershire, in the United Kingdom. It was bought out of Administration in 2009 by a consortium called UK Bellfoundries Ltd who successfully re-financed and re-established the business. Since then the company has re-established its presence not only in the UK but also in the North American Carillon and other export markets. The restoration of the foundry buildings commenced with the re-opening in 2012 of the foundry's own Campanile which contains the most pealed bells in the world. It is one of the few Victorian purpose built manufacturing sites still being used for its original purpose and therefore of considerable heritage merit.The company manufactures bells for use in clock towers, change ringing peals, chimes, and carillons. In 2005 John Taylor's had merged with Eayre & Smith Ltd (bellhangers) and from 2005 until 2009 became Taylors Eayre & Smith Ltd.The Foundry has a museum of bells and bellfounding which is the only one of its kind in the UK.HistoryThe present company is part of a line of bellfounders dating back to Johannes de Stafford in the 14th century who was also a mayor of Leocester. The Taylor family became involved in 1784 and a foundry was established on the current site in 1839. The Taylors also had foundries in Oxford and St Neots between 1786 and 1854. Taylors were the first bellfounder to adopt "true-harmonic" tuning in the late 19th century. The foundry is based in buildings on Freehold Street which are Grade 2* listed.
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  • 14 of us (from Orpington U3A Industrial Archaeology group) booked a tour of the foundry - which, since the Whitechapel bellfoundry closed, is the only operating bellfoundry in England. Also, unlike Wh...  more »
  • Went in quite a large group - which led to problems hearing the guide at times. But sa a very good DVD of the whole process, together with historical items, the foundry and the tuning area. Well worth...  more »
  • Fascinating tour showing how bells are cast and made including vital ingredients like manure. Including seeing a peel of bells at the end. Close to the Great Central Railway in Loughborough  more »
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  • Still doing the tours. Need to phone Taylors for more information but it's very unique and interesting! Well worth a visit. Look round the museum and working workshop and foundry.
  • Bell foundry tour and museum. Can ring the bells!
  • Fantastic experience, even got to witness my handbell set being cast!
  • Very interesting place
  • Church, Cathedral, Carillon and hand bell foundry and museum with friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. Largest bell in England, now hanging in St Paul's Cathedral London was cast here. Parking can usually be found on adjacent roads. Museum offers hand on learning and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but phone to confirm.

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