AIRE-SUR-LA-LYS : FRANCE - 62

*Location:

   Chalette
   Hôtel de Ville
   Grand Place
   Aire-sur-la-Lys,
     62 Pas-de-Calais, France
   LL: N 50.63852, E 2.39636
Site locator map  or  [ MapQuest map ]
City locator maps and gazetteer page
Also see our own Map Use Hints.

*Contact:

   (unknown)

*Schedule:

   Automatic tunes at the quarters.

*Remarks:

   New bells by Georges Ronat: g1,a1,c2,
   d2,e2,g2,a2-d#3,f3,g3,a3; 2 largest
   swing.  Old by Martin Heuwin except one
   originally from 1355, recast in 1475
   by Guillaume Carpe; all but 3 destroyed
   by fire March 1914; none remain.
   No keyboard.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic chime of 16 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is E  in the middle octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     NONE  /    NONE  
   The arrangement of tones and/or semitones
     is non-standard; see Remarks above.
   The whole instrument was installed in 1924
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Prior history:
     In 1571, a complete instrument of 16 bells was installed
       by the maker cited in Remarks above
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   Auxiliary mechanisms: W2    
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1992
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The French Wikipedia article about the town has three paragraphs about the city hall, including one about the bell tower.  There is a photo of the building and one of the bell tower.

On the city Website, this page has an aerial perspective view showing the city hall on the main square.  A page about the bell tower has several photos and a detailed history of the structure.

The ARPAC Website presents much more detail than we can here, though it is all in French.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world. Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all French chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all French chimes by pitch of largest bell.
Ranking among all French chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in France/Pas-de-Calais.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  7-Feb-13
   based on textual data last updated on 2013/01/30
   and on technical data last updated on 2013/01/31
*Photos:

(none available)


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