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Museum Closure


Due to unforeseen circumstances we regret that the Museum is closed other than for pre-arranged tours.

Should you wish to join a tour please ring Mary on 01509 212241 to check availability of places.




Looking For a Retirement Present?

If you are looking for an ideal unusual present to mark a special occasion we can offer this cast resin statue of a bell founder. It comes mounted on an oak base, and with a brass plate which can be inscribed with up to 50 letters. The cost is £50 plus p & p. Details from Mary on 01509 212241.




Visit the Bell Foundry Museum - Makes a Fascinating Day Out.


Taylor's First "Lost Wax" Bell Comes Home!

Taylor's first "Lost Wax" bell, cast in 1898 as an experiment before the casting of the back four bells for Loughborough Parish Church, has come back to the museum on loan. Originally sold to a Roman Catholic School in Kendal, it eventually found its way to Bristol after being disposed of. Now, thanks to Mrs Pat Cadman it is on loan to the Museum. It will be cleaned by gentle sand blasting before being equipped with new fittings for swing chiming.




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 Testimonial

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.

 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

                                                                                     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.



John Taylor & Co
The Bellfoundry
Freehold Street
LE11 1AR
Tel: +44 (0)1509 212241
Fax: +44 (0)1509 263305