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Our Moulding & Casting Process:-

Whilst virtually all other bell founders now cast their bells using self-setting sand moulds, we still make our bell moulds from the more labour intensive loam process as bell founders have done for centuries past. The making of our moulds takes a considerable amount of time as each layer is dried in a kiln overnight before the next is added, with all inscriptions and decoration being pressed into the final layer of wet loam as the mould is completed. Although this is costly for us, the worlds finest bell experts assure us that the use of loam is a vital factor in producing the sweet toned bells for which our Foundry is known.

Bell cases of all sizes stacked up waiting to be used.

Our foundry master, Roger, prepares the outer mould for a 2 ton bell - this is also called the "cope".

An inner mould ready for casting - also called the "core".

Following traditional methods we also still dig a pit for each bell and bury our moulds in the earth of the foundry floor before casting. With the introduction of immensely strong cast iron bell cases in the 19th century, most bell founders abandoned the burying of their moulds to save time and money. At Taylors we are convinced that allowing the bell to cool slowly in the earth over a period of days gives a better molecular structure and a better sounding bell - and our discerning customers agree with us.

Roger Johns, our Head of Foundry digs a pit to bury a new bell mould prior to casting.

Getting ready to cast - metal pours from the furnace into a crucible.

Newly cast bells after removal from their moulds and before final tuning and fettling


Taylor's Foundry is well known for having pioneered the five tone principle of bell tuning in 1896. This produces the purity and sweetness of tone which allows the bells to sound with rich and full mellowness. The Bell Tuner works on five principle harmonics known as the hum, fundamental, tierce, quint and nominal, and when the correct frequency is achieved for each of these, the bell is in tune with itself. These special tuning principles have been copied by other foundries around the world, but none have managed to match the full-bodied Taylor sound.

Whilst Taylors embraces good technological advancement, all of our bells are tuned by hand (not by a computerised numerical control lathe) to ensure each is marginally unique and therefore enjoyable to the human ear.

Inscription & Decoration:-

Each newly cast bell can be inscribed and decorated with a lettering style and decorative band from our reasonably extensive existing portfolio. Customers can ask to see the various styles available and choose the ones they like best for new bells. They can also commission new art work to be cast in relief on the bell's external surface - this might include coats of arms or shields, or religious icons as appropriate.

Delivering to the church - ours is a fully inclusive service.

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