The Whitechapel Bell Foundry: an update (10 March 2019)

The Bell of Hope in the 9_11 Memorial Garden, Manhattan
The Bell of Hope in the 9/11 Memorial Garden, Manhattan, was cast in the Whitechapel Bell Foundry

More than 600 letters of objection to the ‘bell-themed boutique hotel’, proposed as the future use of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, have already been lodged with Tower Hamlets Council. Please send more: instructions on how to make your opinion count are here:

The Spitalfields Life blog, which continues to report on progress, has just published Pearl Binder At The Whitechapel Bell Foundry (10 March 2019), an account by artist and writer Pearl Binder (1904-1990). Binder came from Salford in the twenties to live in a hayloft in Whitechapel while studying at Central School of Art. In ODD JOBS (1935), a series of illustrated pen portraits, she published this account of a visit to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry:

This week the Association of Heritage Crafts designated bell founding as craft in critical danger of being lost forever in Britain.