Welshpool-based bell maker adding finishing touches to city’s biggest

October 19, 2018 by  

A bell maker from the UK is currently working out of a workshop in Welshpool to complete a new bell to be housed in Perth’s inner city.

Nigel Taylor, who originally hails from the Midlands in England, is putting to use his 40 years of experience in bell making to build a new Anzac Bell to pay commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One.

Taylor gained his expertise from working out of Whitechapel Bell Foundry, a London workshop which dates back almost 450 years. The foundry created historical bells such as the Liberty Bell and Big Ben, as well as those used in Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

He says the new Anzac Bell will weigh 6.5 tonnes when finished, making it the largest musical instrument made in Australia. Taylor added that the bell’s size makes it difficult to tune. He noted:

“If you’ve got a bell that weighs 250kg, you can tune it in probably four or five hours. Once you deal with something like this, everything is big, everything requires a crane.”

The new bell will be put in place at Perth’s Bell Tower near Kings Park ahead of a public dedication ceremony led by the Australian Defence Force and to be held on October 21. Commemorative events are often promoted with assistance from poster printing services.