Do you know where this sculpture is in Charnwood and its link

to one of Loughborough's oldest businesses and the University?











This 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



Taylor's Bell Foundry 

The 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.

Bell 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.

Bells cast 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 kite.