Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches

Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches

Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches
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TennaRotor
Birmingham, MI486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Our gite host recommend we visit and I'm so glad we did. Charming entrance with small garden, we were greeted by an english speaker receptionist - I inquired about a tour in english and she said they could accommodate us, please wait about 10 minutes in the outside display area. After about 10 minutes she came out and we had a private tour! Fascinating tour of the foundry that makes all sizes of church bells (including the ones in Notre Dame). Fortunately the day we toured the foundry was not in full operation so we didn't get the heat from the molten copper/iron. Also fortunately it was market day (Tuesday) and we were able to get one of the grilled sausages in a baguette that we discovered on this trip.
Written 4 July 2022
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Fred E
West Sussex, UK137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Our guided tour of this 150 year old foundry was an experience not to be forgotten. Friendly, educational and fun.

At present they are in the process of starting manufacture on a huge commemorative bell to mark their 150th anniversary.

All visitors to the foundry are invited to have their names inscribed on it at no cost.
Written 19 April 2015
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RanneyP
Winchester, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
To be frank this is not a place I would have thought to visit - but I went there as part of a group - and was so glad that I did. Visitors are taken round the foundry in groups led by a guide. Work goes on round you as you watch and learn - and believe me bell making us NOT a simple task! All of us found the visit very interesting and our English speaking guide was first class. The foundry was quite small but the visit took over 30 minutes as there was so much to see and learn. A very enjoyable experience!
Written 28 June 2019
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Allison
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We visited the bell foundry while walking around the village and would highly recommend to any visitors.
The foundry operates much as it always has and it was refreshing to be in a work environment without everything being screened off.
We had an English speaking guide and learned a lot about the casting process.
Written 23 June 2019
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Elizaveta S
Moscow, Russia49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Family
Unsusual and rare place where you can follow the process of making bells. We didn't understand if there were guided tours in English or not, so we took information booklet in English. It was some kind of rare fun for our daughter to ring the bells on the yard and listen to clear and powerful sounds. We touched warm moulds where the bells were coolind down, saw various technical devices, engraving and forge tools and real furnace.
We entered the foundry when working day was done, so it was quiet and calm in the premices and our daugther didn't scare.
Written 12 October 2015
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Horologist
Aylsham, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
We went on a tour (in English) of the foundry and it was really very interesting. The tour guide was able to answer all questions. The gift shop has some lovely items.
Written 15 August 2015
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annebags2
Leiria District, Portugal12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
No fuss or frills, you walk into a working traditional bell foundry. A guide, ask for the very theatrical and knowledgeable Simon, shows and tells you everything. Amazing where the bells go to, how long it takes to make one, and that they follow the same process used for hundreds of years. Wood fired kilns, earthen pits, metal chains to lift the huge bells. Just a wonderful experience. No computers, no interpretation centre, it is what it is. Fascinating!
Written 19 March 2015
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Clive B
Flintshire, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
The bell foundry is a fascinating time-warp. Old traditions still working well to create bells for churches and anything else that you could use a bell for. Still using goat manure as one of the principle ingredients of the molding mix - you just can't beat it with any of today's modern materials! Watching molten bronze get poured into a mold is quite a sight and later on, watching the mold get broken off to reveal a new bell. In another area, the men can be seen with modern technology carefully grinding a bit here, a bit there to tune the bell to exact frequency and harmonics with a microphone recording the sound and showing on a graph whether perfect harmony has been found. They do get it nearly right first by simply listening to the sound when the bell is struck and usually the master bellmaker's ear is almost as good as the modern technology!
Written 29 September 2014
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seetheworld002
Burnley, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
We spent a very interesting hour or two at this traditional bell foundry, one of only two working foundries in France. Their work is impressive and includes commissions for Notre Dame in Paris and Bayeux Cathedral. What was most fascinating was the sense of history in the factory itself; apart from using one gas-fired furnace and some quite recent tech light for tuning bells, the design and production of the bells has changed little throughout the centuries. Our guide was superb - enthusiastic, impressively multilingual and very knowledgeable. We resisted the temptations of the beautiful, house-sized bells in the shop but enjoyed looking at and playing with the specimens in the courtyard. A lovely afternoon out.
Written 8 September 2014
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Jannerbloke
Plymouth, UK13,246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Came in as a large party of English friends with our own guide who was friendly, concise and complete in her plain English description of the process and many of the technicalities and some history. Succinctly answered questions at every stage and showed examples and bells or incomplete bits at all stages. We weren’t there at a time when the fiery furnaces were ablaze but we understand that the order book is so busy that there is a reasonable chance that there may be some such excitement on your visit because this is very much a working foundry. In the yard outside the factory there are numerous hands on complete bells of all sizes and tones and loudness, which you can hit with a mallet or strike with fixed heavy hammer. There is a short video of the live process in the shop and a lot of examples of items made here displayed well and all for sale.

We highly recommend visiting the foundry.
Written 5 July 2019
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