We are delighted to confirm that we have been appointed by UK Bell Foundries to develop a project for the comprehensive restoration of John Taylor Bell Foundry buildings, Loughborough, and to prepare a round one HLF application.
Taylors is the only purpose built bell foundry in the UK. It was built in 1859 and is one of only two remaining bell foundries in the country (the other being Whitechapel, London).
Taylors casts, tunes and finishes bells that are sold to the UK market and exported globally. Alongside this, Taylors produces all of the associated parts and mechanisms required for bells such as the frames, headstocks and wheels as well as hand-bells, carillons and bell ropes. The company installs new bells, services historic bells and undertakes related consultancy services.
The two large buildings from which Taylors operate are both Grade II* listed. They have been on the Historic England Risk Register since 2010 and are in urgent need of repair.
We will be working alongside the owners and designers to develop a robust project for the comprehensive restoration of the buildings and helping to ensure the long term future of this internationally important collection of buildings, machinery and skills.