The main WBF
exhibit area

Saturday 10th September saw the fourth Ringing Roadshow, the biennial event that brings the industry, ringers, and other bell enthusiasts together under one large roof for displays, seminars, workshops, and the opprtunity to peruse and buy bells and bell-related items from the largest selection of such items you are likely to find in one place anywhere in the world. This year it was held in the big exhibition space beneath the main stand at Newbury Racecourse.

Nigel Taylor & Ben Kipling
in bell pitching areaNeil Thomas & Ben Kipling
in bell pitching area

As well as the usual items we offer for sale on such occasions, Whitechapel Bell Foundry strives to deliver something different every Ringing Roadshow. For the 2005 event, we set up an area where, over the course of the day, works manager Mark Backhouse constructed a tower bell core from loam and bricks while explaining the intricacies of the process to the many visitors who stopped by to watch. Then there was the bell pitching area where visitors were invited to pitch two tower bells under the supervision of our master tuner, Nigel Taylor. Though not new to the roadshow, our engraving machine also proved popular and many mini-bells were engraved on the spot with visitors' names.

Mark Backhouse
makes coreCore making

As always, the task of getting all our equipment, displays, and sales items to and from the foundry - and the unloading and assembly/disassembly of same - was a mammoth task. Those who performed these labours this time, and who manned our various tables during the event, Were Alan & Kathryn Hughes, Elizabeth Hughes, Peter Trick, Mark Backhouse, Steve McEwan, Mandy Davis, Carolyn Baker, Neil Thomas, and Bob Hansen. 'Non-official' team members from WBF who were present as visitors but who also helped out were Ben Kipling and Simon David

Peter Trick

Steve McEwan

Mandy, Elizabeth, Carolyn

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May 2001:
February 2001:
December 1999:
Three Decades of Charlie Smith
Ringing at the Royal Northern
100 Years of the Hughes Family at WBF
Lord Mayor Opens WBF Shop Extension
Report on Ringing Roadshow, 2003
Ringing Roadshow, 2003
New York: The 9-11 Bell Dedication
The 1881 Libel Case
Casting the 9-11 Bell
Another Liberty Bell
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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