The Worshipful Company of Turners

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Visit to Taylors of Loughborough to see the bells being refurbished

Thursday 19th July 2018, 10.00 am

John Taylor & Co, The Bell Foundry, Freehold Street, Loughborough, LE11 1AR, 01509 212241


The Events Committee have secured an opportunity for members of the Company to see the refurbishment of the St Paul’s Cathedral bells being refurbished in their foundry at  The Bell Foundry, Freehold Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1AR.  Members are asked to arrive by 9.45 for a prompt 10.00 am start.  Car parking is not available on site but free on-street parking is available in the surrounding area. For those wishing to go by public transport, Loughborough train station is approximately a ten minute from the Foundry.  Trains leave St Pancras Station and the journey time is around 1 hour 30 minutes.  The Loughborough Premier Inn is approximately half a mile (10 minute walk) from the Foundry.

Following the visit it is suggested that members may wish to recuperate and reflect on the visit at the highly recommended Three Nuns at which a provisional booking has been made.

Turners’ St Paul’s Bells Project Update June 2018

History of the Foundry

John Taylor & Co. continues a line of bell founding which has been unbroken since the middle of the 14th Century, when Johannes de Stafford was active only 10 miles from the site of the present foundry.From 1784 the business was operated by members of the Taylor family, and in 1839 it moved to its present position in Loughborough, and is now proud to operate the largest bell foundry in the world. Centuries of experience, together with up to the minute advances in technology, has put Taylors at the forefront in the design and manufacture of bells, their fittings and frameworks. We produce single bells, peals of bells, chimes and carillons, together with sets of musical handbells and other small bells for customers worldwide.

Taylor Five Tone Principle – Beautiful Harmonically Tuned Bells

After many years of experimentation Taylor’s perfected their five tone principle of bell tuning in 1896, producing purity and sweetness of tone and allowing bells to sound with full and rich mellowness. This gives Taylor bells their special characteristic and sets them apart from all other cast bronze bells. The Bell Master and the Bell Tuner work on five principal harmonics, the hum, fundamental, tierce, quint and nominal but these in turn influence and affect many others. When the correct frequency for each of these harmonics has been achieved, the bell is in tune with itself. In a set of bells, each bell is tuned using the same standards applied to its own frequencies and thus each bell in the set is not only in tune with itself, but also with each bell in the set.

Please let the Clerk know, at your very earliest opportunity, if you would like to go on this visit as Taylors require a list of the names of those attending at least a week prior to any visit to satisfy their health and safety requirements.

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