APRIL 2002


L-to-R: John Bentham
& Ghulam 'Raz' Rasool

There can't be many businesses you can return to for the same product after a quarter of a millennium and have it manufactured mere yards from where the original was made, but that's what happened when USA Renaissance commissioned the Foundry to make a full-size replica of the Liberty Bell, complete with headstock and fittings. It also has rivet heads cast on its surface and a 'crack' engraved between them to match those on the original. The bell was produced to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the landing in the USA of the original in September 1752. Pictured with the bell are Foundry employees John Bentham & Ghulam 'Raz' Rasool, who made the headstock and assembled the fittings.

This is not the first replica of the Liberty Bell to be cast at the Foundry and it probably won't be the last. Two-and-a-half centuries later, and our relationship with the Liberty Bell continues.


At 11.30am on Tuesday 9th April 2002, and in common with many thousands of others across the country, the directors and staff of Whitechapel Bell Foundry observed two minutes silence to honour the passing of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The beginning and ending of the silence was marked by the striking of the tolling bell in the Foundry yard. The last time this had been so tolled was in remembrance of the victims of 11th September 2001.

News Archive:
A Big Wheel
Open Day 2001 (with photos)
Historic Finds at the Foundry
Open Day 2000 (with photos)
Masham and the Millennium

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