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Visit the Bell Foundry Museum - Makes a Fascinating Day Out.
Newly cast, this plaque commemorates the pioneering work of John William Taylor I in producing the beautiful sounding Taylor bells we all admire so much.
Visitor Testmonial:- Tony Pullan wrote, "Can I say a big thankyou to you and your team at John Taylor's for making the Liddington coach party so welcome on Wednesday. We had a brilliant and exciting day, and were pleased to be present for the casting of our new bells. Once again, thanks for making our day out to Loughborough a good one to remember."
The museum at John Taylor & Co, tells the story of the Bellfoundry going right back to its links with bellfounding in the 13th Century.
An extensive range of exhibits and memorabilia tells the story of one of the oldest manufacturing industries in the world.
The Museum is normally open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from
10.00 am till 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm till 4.00 pm. (last admission ¾ hour before closing)
Admission to Museum only
Adults: £4.00 Children (6 to 16) £2.00
For visits to the Museum please telephone before travelling to confirm opening times
as the Museum is closed when tours are taking place
Full tours of the Museum and Works are for Groups of 10 or more people
and by prior arrangement only £10 for Adults, £5 for Children.
It may be possible to join an existing tour if there are spaces available.
Please telephone the Main Works on 01509 212241 and speak to Mary for details.
A recent addition - two mediaeval bells from the closed church of St Peter at Flawborough.
They now hang in an early Taylor cast iron "A" frame dating from the later part of the Victorian era.
A visitor tries out the different sounds from bells of different ages and materials.
Newly installed - the chime of eight hemispherical bells - on loan from the Mullens family - visitors can chime them as part of their bell experience.
Located over two floors there are lots of displays to look at including a room full of bells from different ages and different founders. This display has a wooden mallet so you can sound the bells and see for yourself which sounds best. The best way to learn about the foundry past and present is to book onto one of our guided tours.
A tour in process visiting the engineering works before going across the road to the foundry
Bell wheels being manufactured in the woodshop
Tours can sometimes be arranged on dates when bells or other casting is taking place, and visitors can watch the whole spectacular process from the safety of a viewing platform above the foundry floor - check availability with Mary Barrass on 01509 212241.
Pouring the molten bell metal from the furnace into a crucible prior to casting the bell.
A new bell being cast - viewed by visitors from the safety of our specially built gallery above the foundry floor.
Tours also include a visit to our tuning shop to see bells being tuned
In the works engineering of bell frames, headstocks, clappers etc takes place as tour parties visit.
For groups of bellringers we also offer the opportunity to ring on our ring of twelve bells (Tenor 6 cwts) with its spacious ringing chamber in the Foundry's crook room.
It's a tight squeeze for Kevin up in the bell chamber with a ring of twelve in a small tower
The Bellfoundry Tower which houses a ring of twelve
bells (tenor 6 cwts) with the company flag flying above.