McShane Bell Foundry

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An 1894 McShane bell on the campus of Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Illinois.
Illustration of the McShane Bell Foundry factory complex located at 415-441 North Street (Guilford Avenue), Baltimore, MD.

The McShane Bell Foundry, located in Glen Burnie, Maryland, is a maker of church bells. Over the past 150 years, the firm has produced over 300,000 bells.


Henry McShane established the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, Maryland at Holliday and Centre Streets in 1856. By the late 19th century, the business had produced tens of thousands of bells and chimes shipping them out to churches and public buildings and expanded to a large factory complex on Guilford Avenue (then known as North Street). In 1935, the Henry McShane Manufacturing Company sold the foundry to William Parker whose family continue to operate the business up through the present. The McShane Bell Foundry moved to Glen Burnie, Maryland in 1979 and remains the only large Western-style bell maker in the United States.[1] Over the past 150 years, the firm has produced over 300,000 bells for cathedrals, churches, municipal buildings and schools in communities around the world - including the 7,000-pound bell that hangs in the dome of Baltimore's City Hall. It was featured on an episode of the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs.


  1. ^ Lu-Lien Tan, Cheryl (September 26, 1997). "'A lost art' in Glen Burnie Bells". Article. Baltimore, MD. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 12 July 2014.

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