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City of London Casts Bell for U.S. Honoring 9-11 Adversity

A British foundry dating back to the 16th century has cast a bell to give to Trinity Church.

Dr. George Carey, archbishop of Canterbury, said the bell would express the empathy and solidarity of the City of London with the people of New York after the terrorist attacks on the city of September 11, 2001, and convey their sympathy and prayers.

Molten bronze for the half-ton bell was poured into the mold at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in the presence of Archbishop, the U.S. ambassador to Britain, and the lord mayor of London, who commissioned the bell.

The bell is the latest in an illustrious line created at Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which the Guinness Book of Records says is Britain's oldest manufacturing company. The foundry lists the original Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania and London's Big Ben among its creations.

It is not the first time the foundry has cast bells for Trinity. In 1946, it created a replica of the famous "Bow-bells" belonging to Trinty's sister parish of St. Mary Le Bow that it had made more than 200 years earlier. The replica was a gift to acknowledge the support of New Yorkers for the people of England's capital during the German Blitz in World War II.

The inscription on the new remembrance bell (which will be mounted on a stand in the Trinity churchyard) reads: "To the greater glory of God and in recognition of the enduring links between the City of London and the City of New York. Forged in adversity, September 11, 2001.

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