John Warner & Sons

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John Warner and Sons was a metalworks in various locations in the UK,[1] established in 1763 and dissolved in 1949.[2] From 1850 until 1924, they were mainly known for casting church bells.

The company was founded in 1739, and originally cast water pumps and fire engines.[3]

Notable bells[edit]

Warners had a large output of bells, and Warner bells can be found throughout the world. Some of their notable bells including the clock chime at the Houses of Parliament at their foundry in Cripplegate. The larger Big Ben was cast at Norton, near Stockton-on-Tees but later had to be re-cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.[4] In 1913, Warners cast the ring of 12 bells at Chelmsford Cathedral, the heaviest weighing 34cwt and sounding note C.[5]

They made bells for churches all around the world. In the western hemisphere, the bell at All Saints Chapel of Ease in the parish of Saint Peter, Barbados was also made by this foundry. A notable peal of bells from this foundry is located in Sacred Heart Basilica, Timaru.

The first set of bells in Wellington, New Zealand, at St Peter's Anglican Church, were made by John Warner & Sons.


  1. ^ "Index - Warner". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  2. ^ "Cast bell. J Warner & Sons Ltd, London. 1892". Neill Robinson Blaxill. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  3. ^ "John Warner and Sons - Graces Guide". Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  4. ^ "BIG BEN & the PALACE OF WESTMINSTER". Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Dove Details". Retrieved 2019-05-17.