The Whitechapel Foundry and an Exploration of Brick Lane and its Neighbourhood
Study Day | Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Saturday 15 October 2011 - 11:00 until 14:00
This tour of the Brick Lane neighborhood will begin at Liverpool Street Station and will traverse parts of Spitalfields on the way to Brick Lane. Rachel Kolsky, an experienced City of London guide, will identify the traces of former immigrant communities and the highlights of the area made famous by Monica Ali’s eponymous novel.
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry was established in 1570 and is Britain's oldest manufacturing company. Big Ben (1858) and the Liberty Bell (1752) are among the famous bells made there. The company was established in its present location in 1738, taking over the Artichoke Inn. Except during the War years, the Foundry has solely produced bells and their fittings.