Whitechapel Bell Foundry
We are supportive of the plans that the new owners of Whitechapel Bell Foundry have submitted. They are creative, sensitive and respectful of the historic buildings and would also allow public access.
We welcome the re-introduction of a foundry. Recognising there is no longer a market for large bell making, the foundry would produce small bells under licence from the Hughes family, who ran the foundry since 1904 until it closed as it was uneconomic to continue. This proposal has the Hughes’ endorsement and would use tools from the original business.
The proposed hotel would replace a modern building at the rear of the site which is not listed and is of no architectural or historic interest. The design complements and respects the character and setting of the historic buildings and conservation area.
Overall we believe the proposals, which are currently being considered by Tower Hamlets as the planning authority, have the ingredients of a successful heritage regeneration scheme and would secure the future of the listed buildings.
15 July 2019