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Whitechapel Bell Foundry 1570

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry was established in 1570 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

    • Two of the world’s most famous bells have been cast here, Big Ben in Westminster and the Liberty Bell in the US.
    • Big Ben was cast on Saturday 10th April 1858 and weighs just over 13 tons.
    • The Liberty Bell was cast in 1752, arriving in America in September of that year. It is stated that after it was hung, on the first strike, it cracked.
    • Much controversy surrounds the Liberty Bell but in 1976, the Whitechapel Foundry was commissioned to cast another bell, the Bicentennial Bell, which now has pride of place in Philadelphia.

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