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John Taylor & Co (formerly trading as Taylors, Eayre & Smith Ltd, John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd, and other names), based in Loughborough in the United Kingdom, is the world's largest working bell foundry.

The company manufactures bells for use in clock towers, change ringing peals, chimes, and carillons. In 2005, Taylor's merged with Eayre & Smith Ltd (bellhangers) to form Taylors Eayre & Smith Ltd.[1]

The site has a museum of bells, the only one of its kind in the UK.



The present company is part of a line of bellfounders dating back to Johannes de Stafford in the 14th century.[2] The Taylor family became involved in 1784 and a foundry was established on the current site in 1839. They were the first bellfounder to adopt "true-harmonic" tuning in the late 19th century.[3] The foundry is based in buildings on Freehold Street, and as of September 2009 employed 26 people.[4]

On 18 September 2009, the company went into administration.[5][6] Simon Chandler and Steven Wood, of the Nottingham office of accountants Mazars, were appointed joint administrators. Mazars had previously been acting as advisors to the company during attempts to secure extra funding.[4] On 2 October 2009 it was reported that the administrators were "optimistic about its future."[7] On 15 October 2009, in a statement released by UK Bellfounders Ltd., a consortium of ringers, members of the bell industry and other investors, it was stated that the foundry would reopen on Monday 19 October, reverting to the previous name of John Taylor & Co.[8][9]

Notable bells

In 1881 Taylor's cast the largest bell in Britain, "Great Paul", for St Paul's Cathedral in London, weighting 17,002 kg or more than 17 tons.

Many churches across the world have used bells cast at Taylor's Bell Foundry, including:

Bell Master

The current Bell Master is Andrew D Higson.


  1. ^ Foundry Merger accessed 20 June 2007
  2. ^ Foundry History accessed 20 June 2007
  3. ^ The Sound of Bells accessed 20 June 2007
  4. ^ a b Largest bell foundry in administration—Mazars plans to sell business as going concern, Accountancy Magazine, 21 September 2009. Retrieved on 21 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Bell foundry faces administration", BBC Leicestershire, 19 September 2009. Retrieved on 21 September 2009
  6. ^ London Gazette: no. 59194, p. 16422, 24 September 2009. Retrieved on 27 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Hopes high for bell foundry bid", BBC Leicestershire, 2 October 2009. Retrieved on 16 Ocotber 2009.
  8. ^ John Taylor & Co Bellfounders Loughborough—We are open for business!, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, 15 October 2009. Retrieved on 20 October 2009.
  9. ^ "Historic foundry's future secure", BBC News, 17 October 2009. Retrieved on 20 October 2009.
  10. ^ Liverpool Cathedral Bells accessed 20 June 2007
  11. ^ "The Bells Of St Mary's". Parish of Southampton. Retrieved 31 October 2009.  
  12. ^ "North Stoneham: St Nicolas". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2009.  

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Coordinates: 52°46′23.44″N 1°11′56.10″W / 52.7731778°N 1.198917°W / 52.7731778; -1.198917



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