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Taylor’s Bell Foundry, Loughborough

Taylor's Bell Foundry, Loughborough, Tools

Taylor's Bell Foundry, Loughborough, Bells

Taylor's Bell Foundry, Loughborough, StackTaylor's Bell Foundry, Loughborough, Tools

Taylor's Bell Foundry, Loughborough, Cheryl

Taylor's Bell Foundry, Loughborough, Bells

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Taylor's Bell Foundry, Loughborough, Chairs

Taylor's Bell Foundry, Loughborough, Metal

Taylor's Bell Foundry, Loughborough, Bells

If I had a bit more gumption I’d have sorted these images out sooner but I never quite finished them. Some were hastily scanned, some I couldn’t scan initially as the Rollei 5×4 film I used was slightly too big for the Epson film holders and others had some dust on that I was just too lazy to clone out. Then I spent a day or so printing them in the darkroom, first for the Leicester Lo-Fi exhibition at FORMAT13 and later for Handmade Festival, so I just got a bit sick of them.

These images were made on various equipment/film types during a Leicester Lo-Fi trip to John Taylor & Co in Loughborough:-

Canon EOS 5, Ilford DELTA 3200
Graflex Pacemaker Speed Graphic, Rollei IR400
Bronica ETRSi, Rollei Retro 400S

The people at Taylor’s were kind enough to give us access to the workshops and let us watch a couple of bells being cast.

Taylor’s Bell Foundry is the largest working bell foundry in the world and is one of the few Victorian purpose built manufacturing sites still being used for its original purpose.

John Taylor & Co on Wikipedia

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