the last major bellfoundry in britain

Welcome to the Loughborough Bellfoundry.

Consisting of two Grade II* listed Victorian factory buildings, the bellfoundry is a unique place with global architectural and historical significance. Home to historic bellfounders John Taylor & Company, the ancient craft of bellfounding has been practised here since 1859. The bellfoundry is home to Britain’s only bell museum and an extensive company archive.

In late 2020, the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust secured a major grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver a site-wide refurbishment and a new programme of events and activities. Over the next four years, the Trust will work to conserve these precious buildings for future generations. We hope that you will join us!

a historic site of global significance

Since 1859, the Loughborough Bellfoundry has cast more than 25,000 bells that are hung in over 100 countries around the world.

The site also houses and facilitates artisan skill and historic manufacturing processes which are unparalleled in our current age… we want to ensure this legacy continues.

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WE RELY ON YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT

In December 2020 the Trust was delighted to be awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £3.8m to contribute towards a package of £5m+ repairs. We are enormously grateful to all the donors who helped us reach this landmark. Your ongoing support allows us to continue our work in conservation, education and the preservation of heritage craft skills.

Read our full restoration plan

SEE FOR YOURSELF

In line with the latest government guidance, the Trust team are hard at work creating a Covid-safe environment for visitors. Announcements about our reopening plans will be posted to the website and on social media, or you can sign up to our newsletter to receive all the latest updates.

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This website is for the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust, the Charitable Incorporated Organisation who care for the foundry buildings, museum and archives, providing tours and a range of other heritage engagement activities.

If you would like to contact John Taylor & Company, the manufacturing firm who cast and hang bells at the bellfoundry, please visit the following website:

Visit the John Taylor & Company website