About Westley Group Bells

The Westley Group’s portfolio provides engineering and supply chain solutions for naval & defence, oil & gas, petrochemical, and other safety critical industries. We support these activities with specialist architectural and artistic work in bronze… and now bells!

We produced the bronze decorative work for Portcullis House in London, the extension to the Palace of Westminster; and we have cast specialist statues and other work for various leading art foundries working with some of the world’s leading artists. The statue “Verity” at Ilfracombe, Devon is an example of a Westley Group collaboration and we also cast the Hillsborough memorial in 2013.

Casting Heritage

Following the closure of the Whitechapel Bell foundry, Westley Group chairman, Tom Westley, wanted to find a way to continue the Whitechapel tradition of casting church bells in the United Kingdom, whilst preserving the heritage of such a romantic industry.

Westley Group transferred skills, knowledge and even people to the Group’s specialist sand casting bronze foundry near Stoke-on-Trent.

The Whitechapel, and Gillett and Johnston gauges and strickles have also been retained and will be used when needed.  We can even cast bells to accurately match the profile and alloy composition of existing bells.

The historic Whitechapel logo of three bells with ‘WGB’ added will be cast on all the new bells.

Casting Technology

Every bell Westley Group cast will be made with the marriage of heritage craft skills, combined with new casting technology and the latest metallurgical science. Using the combined skills of bell experts they are optimising both the chemistry and the profiles of the bells to achieve the best possible acoustic properties.

Using on-site  optical and x-ray spectrometry, the molten bronze alloy is always tested to ensure there  are no impurities or gas in the alloy before pouring. Our methods engineers ensure the bell metal is free of oxides and other inclusions to ensure casting integrity.

The accurate profiling of bells ensures little waste occurs and that the sectional profiles of the bell skins are in the best condition for tuning.

New technology will gradually replace how the correct profile for any bell– whether a copy of an existing profile or a new profile – is made. Using CAD technology, the precise shape of the bell will be made by utilising a much more accurate pattern produced by CAD 5-axis CNC technology.

Modern day technology has provided much better means of producing top quality castings than the use of a loam mixture. Westley Group have perfected high quality sand moulding techniques optimising and size, permeability, resin, binders, coatings, control of material in electric induction furnaces, degassing and tapping techniques, state of the art running system methodology which all work together to give superior products.

The Whitechapel, and Gillett and Johnston gauges and strickles have also been retained and will be used when needed to ensure accurate representation of the historic foundry.  We can even cast bells to accurately match the profile and alloy composition of existing bells.

The historic Whitechapel logo of three bells with ‘WGB’ added will be cast on all the new bells.