Foundry News 2016

JT News

Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme amended to cover more bells work, professional fees and bellropes etcetera - click here

Banners to Launch St Paul's Bell Restoration Appeal


Both Banners, with others from our collection, were on display in the crypt at St Paul's for the Appeal Launch.


New Lighting in the Works

Installing a new lighting system in the Works


We welcome back Anthony Roberts to Taylors

Anthony worked at Taylors for some years before leaving three years ago. We are pleased to welcome him back to the engineering side of the business.

We welcome Peter Thomson to Taylor's

We welcome Peter Thomson on to our staff at Loughborough. Peter will join our sales team under the direction of Director Simon Adams.


Centenary Memorial Peals

A peal of Grandsire Triples was rung on the Foundry bells on 15th September 2016 by former and present employees to mark the centenary, this day, of the death of Private John William III Taylor. Private Taylor died in the Somme offensive and was one of three Taylor boys to be killed in World War One.

A Peal of Grandsire Triples was also rung on Monday 11th July 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the death of Second Lieutenant Arnold Bradley Taylor.

A peal of Grandsire Triples was also rung on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the death of Corporal Richard Albert Farmer Lane, the only Foundry employee to be killed in World War I.


Visit By The Churches Building Council

On 22nd September we welcomed 60 delegates from the Churches Building Council who spent the morning on guided tours of the Foundry, and seemed to enjoy themselves.

George Dawson welcomes the delegates from the Churches Building Council.


We Welcome back Neil Harvey

One of our former employees, Neil has kindly stepped in to help us out with the mountain of work we have to get through. Thank you Neil.

We Welcome Tom Onyon

We are pleased to welcome Tom Onyon as part of our design team at Loughborough.

Tom Onyon - straight down to business studying a new bell frame design.

We Welcome John White

We are pleased to welcome John White as part of our management team. John will specialise in planning the Foundry and Works programme.

John White in casuals.

Restoration Work Begins

Emergency repair work to restore roofs and gutters starts next week. Funded jointly by Historic England and Taylor's, £640k will be spent in this first phase of the restoration. The rare and extensive Foundry records have had to be relocated during the work so that they are protected. We are most grateful to a team led by George Dawson who have undertaken this huge task - our thanks go to Peter England, Peter Hawcock, Peter Hayward, John Adcock, Chris Birkby, Chris Pickford, Heather Pickford, and Martyn Marriott.

Bookshelves emptied ready for the onslaught.

The onslaught has begun!

And the roof's been taken off this room too!

Records temporarily relocated to the recently rennovated old drawing office.

The roof of the old board room and archive has been stripped and re-roofed.

Restoration on this roof is complete, and the forge chimney has been rebuilt.


Rev. Tony Clayton Passes.

It is with great sadness that we were told of the passing of Reverend Anthony E H Clayton on Sunday 8th May at the age of 80.

Tony worked in management at the Foundry from 1968 until 1982 and remained a good friend and supporter of Taylor's until his death.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.


Tony's funeral was held at St Mary's Church, Putney, London on Wednesday 1st June, with burial taking place at Putney Vale Cemetery at later that afternoon.



The Foundry Overhead Crane Gets Some TLC

A major service and replacement of parts is underway for the Foundry Overhead Crane, and should be complete within a week.

The Old Drawing Office Has Been Refurbished

Finished in time to host the ART Conference in March 2016, the old Drawing Office had been abandoned for many years and needed a complete refurbishment, including a new ceiling. It looks splendid now and will provide another useful facility at the Foundry.

The Ringing Chamber and the old Crook Room were refurbished at the same time.


Simon Westman Joins Our Staff

We welcome Simon Westman who joined Taylor's Staff this week.



George Dawson has been sourcing glass fronted wooden bookcases for both the archives and the museum, and a number have been collected and brought to Loughborough. These will help keep valuable material dust free - the Foundry is a very dusty environment.

Honouring John William Taylor I

This plaque has been cast to honour the pioneering work of John William Taylor I who did so much to create the wonderful Taylor bells that are so admired worldwide.

Once planning permission has been obtained it will be fixed on the wall of the bell tower in Cobden Street.

Emergency Roof Repairs

We will shortly be making an announcement about the start of major work to most of the roofs and valley gutters at the Loughborough Bell Foundry - a grant aided project costing between 500k & 600k. However, our architects have drawn our attention to the dangerous condition of one of the main roof trusses in the large bell tuning shop and so we have authorised immediate action to make this safe.

A close up shows the extent of the damage to one of the main supporting beams.



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