you know where this sculpture is in Charnwood and its link
one of Loughborough's oldest businesses and the University?
is Silhouette of a Bell Interior and a Bell Clapper, one of three
sculptures that were created in 2013 by Loughborough University School
of Arts student Ian Tricker. It stood originally by Charnwood Museum but
is now permanently located at the New Street entrance to Queen's Park
near John Storer House. The other two sculptures have been moved to the
Chapman Street housing estate, close to Taylor's Bellfoundry
sculptures were moved to make way for the cast of the Great Paul Bell.
Taylors, the well-known local bellfoundry, were responsible for casting
the Great Paul Bell for St Paul's Cathedral in 1881. Following a short
spell in the Market Place, the original bell casting has now moved to
its permanent home near Charnwood Museum in Queen's Park.
founding has been in Loughborough since the middle14th century when
Johannes de Stafford operated a foundry only 10 miles from the current
factory. Members of the Taylor family took over operating the factory in
1784 and it transferred to its present site in Loughborough in 1834. It
is now considered the largest operating bell foundry in the world.
at Taylors can be found all over the world from Autralia to Sri Lanka,
from Singapore to Malta and from the USA to the UK. These bells are
renowned for their purity and sweetness of tone. We should all be proud of
the work they do.
What is the
bird seen in a Loughborough Garden? It's a female sparrowhawk or Accipiter
Nisus to give it its latin name.
The sparrowhawk is one of our smallest birds of prey. As is the csae for
most raptors, the female is about 25% larger than the male. It is about
the size of a feral pigeon The male has a orangey breast rather than the
grey of the female. There are about 35,000 breeding birds in the UK
and so it is quite common. Other raptors seen around Charnwood
include kestrels, buzzards, peregrine falcons and even the occasional red