His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester, met with the team at John Taylor’s Bell Foundry in Loughborough to learn of their plans to save Britain’s last remaining major bell foundry.
As part of his visit across the East Midlands, The Duke also cast his own commemorative plaque at the bell foundry, which remains the last major bell foundry in the UK and Commonwealth.
Andrew Wilby, the trustee of the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust, said: “We were delighted to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to John Taylor’s Bell Foundry, especially at such a key milestone in the life of the bell foundry, and given The Duke’s keen interest in architecture.”
The Duke was elected a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1972 and is the president of the Scottish Society of Architect Artists.
Along with The Duke’s visit, the Loughborough Bell Foundry Trust has launched an appeal for a major refurbishment programme that aims to see the site restored to its former glory.