JUNE 2006


Last month, WBF bellhanger Neil Thomas travelled to the United States to install a new ring of bells in Birmingham, Alabama. The Cathedral Church of St Paul was building a new belltower and commissioned a ring of eight (tenor 3'-5½" dia) from WBFcomplete with frame and all fittings and fixtures.

installing bell

We don't often get to install a new frame before the tower has been built, but when we do it allows for interesting pictures like the one above, with the cathedral in the background. (Neil is the one in red with his back to the camera.) Amazingly, Neil and the team of local contractors were able to get the entire installation in and fitted out in a mere two days, which must be something of a record for a ring of this size.


As shown in the photo below, the bells were rung in the open air before the tower was built up around them, a rare and special event.

bells ring in the open

Whitechapel Bell Foundry has been sending bells to America since colonial times, and in recent years we have been supplying more rings of bells, complete with frames and fittings, than ever before. This, together with the surprising number of full size replicas of The Liberty Bell we've been called upon to cast of late, means that the US remains an important and vibrant part of our market. Long may this 'special relationship' continue.

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December 1999:
WBF Wins Best Family Business Award
Whitechapel and A Passion for Churches
Report on 2005 Ringing Roadshow
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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