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Mears and Stainbank

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1897.
1939. Bell at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Upper Xolobe, Transkei, South Africa. (Image 2021).

of 32 and 34, Whitechapel Road, London, E., Church Bell Founders

1865 Successor to Charles and George Mears in the Whitechapel Bell Foundry

1865 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership lately subsisting between me the undersigned, Robert Stainbank and George Mears, under the style or firm of Mears and Stainbank, as Bell and General Founders, at No. 267, Whitechapel-road, in the county of Middlesex, was dissolved on and from the 21st day of September instant, by notice, in writing, given by me in accordance with the terms of the partnership articles.— Dated this 25th day of September, 1865. Robt. Stainbank.'[1]

1873 Master founder was Robert Stainbank

1881 Succeeded in a libel action against Sir Edmund Beckett concerning the casting of the bell Big Ben[2]

1884 Principal was Alfred Lawson.

1904 Principal was Arthur Hughes.

1914 'Church Bell Founders, 32 and 34, Whitechapel Road, London, E. Established in 1570 by Robert Mot. Name of Mears introduced in 1782. Present Principal: Arthur Hughes. One of the oldest; if not the oldest firm in the trade. Founders of Bells at Windsor; Castle. Two of the earliest Bells from the foundry are still in use at Westminster Abbey, one dated 1583 and the other 1598. Premises: Removed from the North Side of Whitechapel Road to the present site on the South Side in 1738. Staff: About thirty. Business: Church Bell Founders and Bell Hangers.'

1916 Principal was Albert Arthur Hughes

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