The casting of bronze bells is an ancient british craft. There are only two remaining bell foundries in britain, the Whitechapel and Loughborough. Loughborough was recently saved after difficulties in 2009.
John Taylor & Co. continues a line of bellfounding which has been unbroken since the 14th Century. From 1784 the business has been in the hands of the Taylor family, who settled in Loughborough in 1839. It is the largest bellfoundry in the world and the largest bell in Britain, "Great Paul", at St Paul's Cathedral, was cast in Loughborough in 1881. Taylors are experts in the design and manufacture of bells, their fittings and frameworks. There is also a museum which tells the story of the bell foundry.