Trib­ute set up to city in­dus­tri­al­ist

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

A SPE­CIAL plaque is to be un­veiled in Peter­bor­ough to the life of a city in­dus­tri­al­ist.

Mem­bers of the Peter­bor­ough Civic So­ci­ety and the bellringers of Fother­ing­hay Church have joined forces to re­mem­ber the life and times of Henry Penn and to buy and put up the plaque.

Mr Penn is fa­mous for bell­mak­ing and cast more than 250 bells for churches all over the coun­try.

His foundry was on a site close to the present mag­is­trates’ court and was ac­tive through­out the first quar­ter of the 18th cen­tury.

His bells were floated to their desti­na­tions down a canal called “Bell Dyke” that linked his foundry to the River Nene.

His work in­cluded cast­ing a full ring of bells for Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral in 1709 and one of these, the so-called “City Bell”, still strikes out the time on the Cathe­dral clock.

And to­mor­row at 12.30pm bell-ring­ing en­thu­si­asts will be gath­er­ing at the Town Bridge end of Henry Penn Walk (op­po­site Char­ters) to mark the long awaited open­ing of the foot­path along­side the river to un­veil the plaque in Mr Penn’s mem­ory.

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