APRIL 2008


Big Ben arrives at

Thursday 10th April 2008 marked the 150th anniversary of the casting of Big Ben, the most famous bell the foundry has ever produced. Weighing 13 tons 10 cwt 3 qtrs 15lbs, the great bell of Westminster - to give it its formal name - was cast on Saturday 10th April 1858. As you'll note from the contemporary illustration above, before it was dubbed 'Big Ben' there were those who thought it should be named 'Victoria'. The full story of Big Ben can be found here.

Alan & Kathryn Hughes
interviewed for PM programme

Needless to say, the anniversary attracted a lot of media interest and the Whitechapel director, Alan & Kathryn Hughes, spent all of Wednesday and much of Thursday itself dealing with photographers, film crews, and reporters. This resulted in some impressive press coverage including a double-page centre spread in Thursday's edition of The Guardian devoted entirely to a photograph of the WBF moulding shop. Here are links to a selection of the online coverage:

Daily Mail, Associated Press, CNN, ITN, MSNBC, Yahoo, USA Today.

At close of business on Thursday, the directors and staff of Whitechapel Bell Foundry gathered in the foundry's front shop to drink a toast to Big Ben. Here's to another 150 years!

Alan Hughes speaking
at the toast to Big Ben

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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
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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
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