Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches, Villedieu-les-Poeles

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For a look into the ancient craft of bell-making, visit Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches. The foundry uses techniques employed since the Middle Ages and centuries-old equipment to make bells for some of the most renowned buildings in the world, including Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Tours run daily, showing bells in various stages--from molds to finished products. You can also see an exhibit of antique bells, as well as a gift shop with bells to take home. To visit Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches and other attractions in Villedieu-les-Poeles, use our Villedieu-les-Poeles holiday planner.
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  • This isn't a museum, but a working foundry, so it's grimy, hot and space is tight. It's the real thing! The commented visit is interesting and well explained. It shows the whole production cycle of.....  more »
  • A most delightful guide who spoke excellent English and was very ready to answer questions. She was obviously very interested in the place herself and her enthusiasm was transmitted to us. I had...  more »
  • This is a worthwhile place to visit. This is a working foundry that makes 100 bells a year some of them quite large. The guided tour is informal and extremely informative about the history and process of the foundry. Well worth the €8.50 entrance fee.
  • We continued our journey to VILLEDIEU-LES-stoves. A visit is required at the Foundry "Cornille Havard" founded in 1865 and still in operation. There are only 2 left in France, so you can say that unemployment does not exist. Because orders are made from abroad, our American friends seem to be very good customers.. their Foundry techniques were based on methods of the companions of the past. Their surprising but interesting moulding techniques for the environment, based on clay, horse dung, and goat hair, thus builds the "false Bell". This is just a little wink and long life to our old trades. 😉
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