The John Taylor Bellfoundry is one of only two still in production in the UK. The Bell Foundry Museum on the premises follows the development of English bellfounding over 600 years.
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There are tours of the museum that explain the history of the bells on display and the foundry. It includes an exhibition of photographs and artefacts on all aspects of the bellfounder’s art, the history of the Taylor family, and information on the Carter Ringing machine and carillons. One bell was rung when someone was hanged. Visitors can try out a variety of different bells.
The museum is located in the town of Loughborough for a particular reason. When the bells of the parish church of All Saints were going to be recast, it was stated that they must be cast within the parish boundaries. John Taylor, looking for a site in the Midlands to operate another bell foundry, opened premises in Loughborough. The current complex of buildings was built by him in the 1850s.
Tours of the works are included during times when bells are being cast. Contact the foundry for dates and times. A small shop has a range of items relating to bells.
Bell Foundry Museum
Freehold St, Loughborough
Tel. to arrange tour 0 1509 212 241
Open: Tue, Wed, Thu, 10am-noon and 2-4pm; last admission ¾ hour before closing; phone to book full tour; phone also as tour in progress temporarily closes the museum; may be possible to join existing tour if spaces available
Web: Taylor Bells
Photos © by Barbara Ballard