Saturday, 11 January 2014

Whitechapel Bell Foundry

This humble building in Whitechapel was founded in 1670 as “The Artichoke” coaching inn and became the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1739. The company has been in existence since 1570 and is the oldest manufacturing company in the UK.

It is famous for Big Ben, the 13 ½ ton bell at the Palace of Westminster and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, which it cast in 1752.

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