As several of my previous posts make clear I am a great fan of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. I have quite a few of their bells both old and new. All are of exceptional quality. Imagine my response when I was recently asked if I would like a little Big Ben!
Big Ben is the largest bell to have been cast at the foundry. It has a 9ft diameter, is 7ft 6 inches high and has a thickness at the soundbow of 8 3/4 inches. On 10 April 2008 on the 150th anniversary of the casting of the bell on exactly the same spot 75 small bells were cast from pure bell metal matching the profile of the great bell. It is a strictly limited edition – no more will be made. Each one comes with a commemorative certificate signed by the owner Alan Hughes. The bell has a diameter of 9cm and yes, it’s 7.5 cm high! It has a suitable engraving on the front and back of the bell. A delightful addition to my collection. I picked it up from the foundry when I paid a visit to discuss the bell I have asked them to make to celebrate Pompey’s FA Cup win. More about that later.
Here are photos of the bell and certificate.